"Drag the Waters" 24" x 42" Woodblock Relief Print. Ink on cotton. Ink on paper.
Project's assigned theme: Jack of Diamonds
The Hero with a Thousand Faces (first published in 1949) is a non-fiction book, and seminal work of comparative mythology by Joseph Campbell. In this publication, Campbell discusses his theory of the journey of the archetypal hero found in world mythologies.
A little research:
All Jacks correspond with number 11. By some called the number of Evil because it transcended the number of commandments, and did not attain 12, the number of Grace and perfection. History and experience refuse its stigma. Number 11 is the most priceless gift of God. It is man (1) beside God (10). Jacks are sons of the Kings. They are carry great responsibility, and the disposal of their lives rests entirely on their own decision. They represent the mental attitudes of any suit, and of course, our mental attitudes are totally within our own control. We can rule them and win the crown, or we may consign them to every wind that blows and struggle in a state of immaturity as long as we live.
Jack of Diamonds is a controversial card. They can be wholly material, highly spiritual, or a curios and unaccountable, or the mixture of two. They are aware that hard and stable efforts is a requirement for success. Jack of Diamonds are mentally sharp and clever, and always looking for new enterprises, ventures and opportunities to make their own kingdom, but spiritual confusion can lead them to drift through life and live by their wits, usually managing to get by.
Jack of Diamonds seldom lack money or protection. They are given a free play to the intuitions, and if they realize it and accept it, they are well on their way to the great success and recognition. Fixation on material matters can lead to a lost of spirituality. Diamonds are believed to be the suit of money, but it is a suit of values – and our values include both – material. spiritual, moral values of human beings.
Printed on cotton:
Printed full bleed with blend role:
9" x 12" reductive linocut relief print. Animal Farm. Edition of 9. Ink and coffee on paper.
Projects assigned theme:
Animal Farm by George Orwell. This print is a social commentary on the Arab Spring. At the end of George Orwell's novel the pigs are dressed in human clothing and walking on two feet. The farm animals can no longer tell the pigs apart from the humans whom they had originally revolted against. As the saying goes: Absolute power corrupts absolutely. We can not yet be sure the Arab Spring will have positive outcomes.
Untitled. 12"x16" Relief Woodblock
Inpired by: John Carpenter's The Thing