|Shoichi Kitamura, professional carver and printer pictured on left.|
In Japanese traditional woodblock printing, the work of the artist, carver, and printer is a collaborative process. Kitamura-san is a master carver, who carves the blocks for artists in Japan. While he is officially recognized as a master carver in Japan, he is also an accomplished printer. He showed us a project he completed for an artist in Australia, where the artist appropriated two images from a photo archive, pasted newspaper headlines on the images and enlarged them to approximately 18 x 22 inches. Kitamura interpreted the photographic images to woodblocks, carving and printing them in the technique of mokuhanga. I found myself consumed with this work, comparing sections of the source photographic image with sections of the completed print. As much as I wondered over the imagery's likeness, I was extremely aware of how not-the-same the photographic image and printed image are.
|Xerox copy facsimile of enlarged photographic image. (Print #1)|
|Mokuhanga (Print #1)|
|Xerox copy facsimile of enlarged photographic image. (Print #2)|
|Mokuhanga (Print #2)|