5ft Hog woodcut heading to 2016 Wisconsin Biennial

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5ft hog at Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA)

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Honored to find out “Hog Butcher for the World” (5ft woodcut) made it into the 2016 Wisconsin Biennial…[out of] 650 works, the three jurors (Pete Olson, Tammie Rubin, and Graeme Reid) selected 52 works…. Most exciting is that this is held at the beautiful Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, Wisconsin.

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Printing a 5ft wood block

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Part 3: Off to Chicago!

colorful sky behind skyscraper in Chicago, Ill

**This is part 3 of the story behind the “Hog Butcher for the World” woodcut. If you’d like to read them, here is Part 1 (the research) and Part 2 (cutting the block)

The skyline of downtown Chicago…there’s something magical about it, and when it first appears in the distance, I get this rush of adrenaline…a feeling of an adventure about to happen…the Big City.

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Carving a 5ft Woodblock

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red hog silhouetteNext: Carving!

close-up of woodcut shavings

After gathering all the images and ideas (see Part 1 for this rather agonizing process), you’ve got to get the whole thing onto a flat, 2-D surface in some sort of order that is understandable, so that you can start carving without a lot of guesswork. Thinking where you have to cut slows the carving waaaaaay down.

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5ft Woodcut Tribute to the Stockyards

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red hog silhouetteIt started with an invitation

tiny woodcut hog face

…to participate in a 40 x 60 Woodcut Challenge! (Actually, it started with an inquiry about whether or not there were still any openings to participate, and thankfully, they’d seen my work and welcomed me to take part).

40 x 60 Challenge?red hog silhouette

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