The two iterations of Sunny Day Over the Bay woodcut belong to a series of prints called Majestic Landscapes which I started during a residency at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California in summer 2002. The studio at Kala afforded me an unobstructed view of the San Francisco Bay. I wanted to create a representation of water and air with no reference to any specific place or time. The only hint was the blimp. The caption below the image reads as a cheerful and leisurely exclamation, and I chose Italian for its melodic qualities. As “what a beautiful panoramic view!” emerged, it brought two words, “vista” and “panorama” together, words which are adopted from Latin and Greek respectively and which, in English, carry similar meaning. The juxtaposition of shimmering, quiet water and the blimp surrounded with clouds, the unease between the “lightness” of the sentence and the “weight” of the blimp, is at the core of this piece.
unique color iterations VII and V, woodcuts in 14 colors from 4 blocks, hand printed on Haini Kozo and Kozo Okawara, 95.5 cm x 131 cm, 37.5 inch x 51.5 inch