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Amy Guadagnoli

Artist Statement

My experience creating hand-pulled woodblock prints spans sixteen years—a lot of time for the quiet meditation of carving and the splinters that go with it. I print without machinery, using palm gouges to carve and a simple wooden spoon as my press. I only make one print because in our times of material and media abundance only one is necessary. I work reductively, carving and printing in stages so that each block is reduced or destroyed as the image is produced and created. Each image remains singular, thus sacred, reflecting one experience in time.


The many contrasts inherent in these woodblock prints keep me engagedthe fast gestural line that is carved slowly, a random splash that takes hours to create, the raised rough wood becoming a dark smooth inked line, the obsessive pattern throughout providing both unity and noise.


Through my imagery I seek to obfuscate, deconstruct, reassemble and transform my everyday relationships with the shapes and patterns of the world. I seek images which deliberately set on edge the associations we bring to forms as our perceptual associations drive our entire way of thinking. I am not a symbolist nor a pure abstractionist: I use forms which might mean many things, have several names, or be both whimsical and terribly dark at the same time. The images serve as a metaphor between the visual impression of something and the conjuring of its name. Each image is an invitation to explore our ever-changing stream of perceptions and from that experience gain a type of wisdom for which there are no words.


Mercy
woodblock print
Vernal Pools
woodblock print
Sirens
woodblock print
Uncharted
1/1 woodblock print
HeronFire
1/1 woodblock print
Phosphor and the Gathering Storm
Woodblock monoprint
Sailing the High Plain
Woodblock monoprint
Serving the Hungry Ghost
woodblock monoprint
King of Ice Fields
1/1 woodblock print
Healer
1/1 woodblock print
Chute
1/1 woodblock print
Georgia's House
1/1 woodblock print
Mineral
1/1 woodblock print
Undercurrent
1/1 woodblock print
Benediction
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Empyrean
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Incantation
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Kite for Maya
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Purse full of Pills and Thoughts for Tomorrow
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Under the Styx: Tarred Lungs in Stasis with Worm
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Crossing
1/1 woodblock print
Bloodfeather
1/1 woodblock print
Shield
1/1 woodblock print
Force
1/1 woodblock print
Lethe
1/1 woodblock print
Passage
1/1 woodblock print
Quark Butterfly: The Source of Chaos
1/1 woodblock print
Phoenix
1/1 woodblock print
Rake, Comb, and Eye: The Pleasures of the Purse
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Role Trap: Half an Apron and Wasted Eggs
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
The Ribs of Ramakrishna
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
The Watching Water
1/1 woodblock print
Surrender
1/1 woodblock print
Id on the Prowl
woodblock print
Rocket Ship for Sam
monoprint