Saturday, July 6, 2013

Animalia Print Exchange

© 2012, Elana Goren
Car Number 29
Reductive Linocut
©2012, Elana Goren

The above print was submitted for a print exchange organized by Printmaking Sisters in Australia. The Animalia International Print Exchange will be exhibited in Australia in August, then Italy and the U.S. in 2014.

I decided to do a linocut because I hadn't done one in a while and I wanted to create the print as quickly as possible with the deadline approaching and the need for extra time to ship the prints to Australia from New York.

I have been working for a while with the subject of cattle trucks that I see on the highway. They contain animals who are not fed or given water for the duration of the trip which might last days. I am pretty obsessed with the subject since I saw a calf one hot summer day in one of these death mobiles.

I was behind such a truck on an extremely hot day while driving on Interstate 84 that runs through New York. I saw a calf try to stick it's nose through one of the container's holes and stick his tongue out, desperately trying to get relief from thirst by "licking" the air rushing by the truck. It made me sick to think of those poor desperate animals, cruelly neglected as they were sped off to their deaths.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Working on a New Website

I know that it's been a long while since I posted but things have been very busy in "Spider Ink Land." I am looking at blogging options for my new website and since I can't seem to find a way to embed Blogger into the new website, I have to look elsewhere (unless any of you have a trick that I don't know about). I may need to use WordPress or some other (easier) blogging software to do what I need to.

I will post here to let you know when I have the new website up and the new blog up and running. Until then, I hope to add one or two more printmaking-relevant posts until the major switchover.

Hope the hot summer days have been treating you well. Stay cool and happy creating.