'Low water' Woodcut
'Low water ' is beautiful mounted woodcut by Martine Baldwin.
Martine creates prints using woodcut and Intaglio of littoral landscapes, taking particular inspiration from the grain of the wood in the image-making.
Interested in the landscape as a natural space empty of human presence, a place where we are drawn to to escape everyday pressures of modern living and to find that space within ourselves.
Martines intention is to create images that are meditative.
Woodcut is the oldest form of printmaking, it is a relief process where the design is cut out of the wood. Martine uses the reduction process, where she uses one piece of wood rather than several .You begin by cutting away all areas of the image that you want to be white (or the same colour of the paper you are using to print onto). This stage of the block will also provide the first colour (usually the palest) that you want for your image. When you have printed the number that you require for the edition plus extra ones for proofing subsequent layers, you then cut away all areas of the image on the block that you want to remain the first colour, but leaving any areas that you may want to overlap with your second colour. To print the second and any subsequent colours you usually wait for the layer you have just printed to dry. When you have printed the second layer you then cut away all areas of the image that you want to remain that colour so that you can print the third layer. The process continues until you have printed the final darkest layer.
Martine often use's found wood that has an enhanced grain caused by weathering to echo the natural textures of the exposed tidal landscape. Sometimes she sandblast's the birch plywood to enhance the grain further. Each block is hand-printed onto Japanese paper using a bamboo baren. While it may take weeks to finish a print, the time allows her to explore layers of memory and connection to the landscape.
Martine is a member of Spike print studio and Bath Society of artists and has exhibited widely.
This print comes with a cream mount wrapped in cellophane to protect it.
Signed by the artist. Series of 2 of 7
print, 53cm x 35 cm
with mount: 90 x 50 cm
Tosa Shi paper, Inks, Mount Board,Cellophane.