Oxytocin Madonna Part 2: The Big Inkening

Hey everyboy!  A while back I shared an image I was developing for an oversized woodcut called “Oxytocin Madonna”.


Tali Supervises the transfer and carving process.

What I didn’t mention at the time was that the image was for an application to participate in BIG INK at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Shortly after submitting, I was accepted to participate, and last fall I and six other artists got to print our giant woodcuts on “The Big Tuna,” BIG INK’s oversized portable press.


The aroma of fresh lavender and oil-based ink was mixing together beautifully outside the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking.


“Oxytocin Madonna” a.k.a. Big Lupe getting inked up.


Paper getting lined up, and Lupe sliding into place on the press.


Hot off the press!


Chilling in the drying rack.

Participating in BIG INK was an incredibly fun and overwhelmingly positive experience.  If any of you reading this are interested in oversized woodcuts, I strongly recommend that you apply to a BIG INK event.  Or at least attend one and watch the oversized magic happen.


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