Suggestive images of landscape, open farms and contrasting sky are visually creating a horizontal poetic line in this accordion-folded bookwork. A simple voice tells of the strangeness of a new place and the gradual acceptance of austere beauty. Handprinted woodcuts and a letterpress printed poem by Lenora Castillo make a tactile and colorful interpretation of earth and human presence.
Published by the Library Fellows of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. and the artist.
letterpress and multiple colored reduction woodcuts on Nideggen paper, accordion folded, in red flax paper cover with an embossed title
Karen Kunc is a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has taught workshops around the world and served as a visiting artist to over 100 institutions. Recognitions include: the 2007 Southern Graphics International Printmaker Emeritus Award and a Fulbright Scholar Award to Finland.
“My work as an artist/printmaker addresses issues of the landscape and our natural surroundings as direct influences from my Nebraska heritage, my daily experiences and viewpoints in the landscape of the plains and from extensive travel, and as artistic interpretation and contemplation on larger issues of the eternal life struggle, of endurance and vulnerability, growth and destruction.
“My prints suggest extremes of weather and natural forces at work, a sense of the micro/macrocosm, set against landscape or space, both wild and cultivated, intimate and unknowable. I am interested in the span of time it takes to wear away a canyon, build a mountain, the erosion forces that continually wash onto the plains, forming the earth, and, ultimately, shaping our world. My hope is that these larger concepts are provoked by viewing my work with a poetic and intelligent sense of wonder.
“My symbolic images are derived from a rich mix of instilled influences, born at home, and greatly expanded and contextualized from seeing life lived the world over, my experiences and past work, and issues in contemporary art. I recognize a host of associations that flow out of my work and are research interests for me – from nature and science, spiritual and religious thought, art historical and modern icons, immigration narratives and native myths.”