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”.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Hot off the press!

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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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