Wood block print. 2020
I created this piece this summer, looking back on times when closeness with others could be had freely. The four people pictured were students of philosophy and classics, and at the moment, enjoying a morose afternoon smoking cigarettes in good company.
This work was carved from birch plywood and printed onto archival quality paper with oil-based ink in the print studio of Anderson Ranch Art center in Snowmass, CO in October 2020. It is available as an open edition print.
There is little that I will prioritize over good company. When I suddenly couldn't have any company at all, I underwent a bizarre kind of liberation. I found what it was to be happy alone, dependably, too many days in a row. I had to, as we all had to. For the first time in my life I had endless time, and for reasons I can't explain, compulsive, constant inspiration. My ideas still haven't stopped flooding my brain at work, in the car, as I try to fall asleep... I'll write them down til the day they do, and I hope someday I get to see each of them realized in front of me.