Seed is made of several reductive relief prints (woodcut) fixed together with archival rice paste
Created while studying traditional Chinese woodcut printing in Nanjing. The arts institute was expanding so there were large groups of construction workers living on campus who come in from the countryside for the job. The workers would leave their shoes out to dry, and they thought it was pretty funny that I would sit and draw their shoes...kind of smile and laugh in a confused way before taking their shoes and retreating into their tiny quarters. The construction workers shoes are made of cloth and rubber, I ordered a pair online and it was delivered for an all-inclusive $2. The shoes are ubiquitous for the working class across China.
"Ezee" is a portrait of 13 year old Ezeevalu Samazyualie, from Cape Dorset, Nunavut in Canada. Nunavut is an Inuit territory in Canada. Cape Dorset is known as the capital of Inuit art, as approximately 40% of its residents earn an income from artwork. It is also home to Canada's oldest printmaking shop, Kinngait Studios, where they create yearly editions of lithographs, etchings, and stonecut prints. The figure on the left is a self-portrait from this year by Ezeevalu. The figure on the right is a portrait of Ezeevalu from last year, by Alexa Hatanaka.
by Alexa Hatanaka and Ezeevalu Samayualie
Linocut on Washi, Edition of 11