AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL | COLOR WOODCUT PRINT, 2009.
"AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"
24" x 32" Color Woodcut Print on Ivory Somerset Paper (Paper size 26" x 34")
Paul Roden + Valerie Lueth, 2009.
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In making "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL", we hoped to capture a positive spirit of America.
We made a topographical United States in an effort to represent America as a unified land.
No visible state boundaries puts focus instead on cities, monuments & regional land characteristics.
"AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL" reads as a simultaneous narrative.
Tucked into the landscape are references to American history & our growth as adaptable, pioneering people.
Other small details of note?
There are 50 stars in the top bunting, with 13 stars for the original colonies in the central banner.
Also, notice that Old Glory never touches the ground.
We first exhibitied 'AMERICA' in MANIFEST HOPE: DC, an art exhibition celebrating the 44th inauguration.
Copy #44 hangs in the White House Offices (Old Executive Office Building, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave., D.C.))
DRAWING & CARVING "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"
From drawing to print! All of our woodcuts start as original drawings on birch plywood blocks.
We draw in reverse so our images will print in the correct orientation.
MAKING COLOR BLOCKS & PRINTING AMERICA
Four color blocks were drawn & carved to color the "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL" landscape.
Each block prints one color. The block color layers to build the final print.
The paper is pulled up from the inked black/key block after a final run through the press.
Additional photos of our work drawing, carving and printing 'AMERICA' can be viewed on OUR FLICKR.
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