About this piece:
This work invites the viewer to enter the rural landscape of Monkton, Maryland. When held as a book, it offers intimate glimpses into the rolling hills and fields; when spread as an accordion structure the landscape fragments blend into one long view. Based on memories of the fields around the artist’s home, it is not a true representation of any one part of the area, but an overall feeling of place.
The book is printed from 2 woodblocks in 3 hand-inked colors, maxing out the print area on a Vandercook Universal 1 letterpress. The paper was handmade to this size from a cotton-abaca blend.
paper, ink, gold foil
About the artist:
Lives and works in Monkton, Maryland, United States
Val Lucas is a woodcut artist focusing on combining woodcut prints with letterpress techniques, handmade paper, and hand bookbinding. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art, she began restoring and working with antique letterpresses to create limited edition prints, posters, greeting cards and artists books. She teaches Letterpress and Bookbinding at Towson University in Maryland.