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Amy Guadagnoli

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