Hartsville, South Carolina
Searching for Callisto
2018, Woodcut print installation with dyed paper and sky chart wall collage
Courtesy of the artist
One of the most interesting aspects of working with prints is the way the image exists in multiple, allowing the opportunity to investigate the effect of repetition in the work. Restating adds emphasis, while also alluding to recurrent thoughts and patterns of behavior. Searching for Callisto has two impressions of a large-scale woodcut mounted on stretched canvas. Depicting an observatory surrounded by honeycomb, the image alludes to a search for understanding.
The installation incorporates the abundance of the hive with 400 paper bees folded from woodcut prints. The labor involved in their creation becomes another aspect of the work—the labor of the hive, the obsessive repetition of an act that builds on itself as it continues. Callisto, the nymph transformed into the constellation Ursa Major, is the mother bear of Greek myth. The print is mauled as if by claws. The primal nature of matriarchal bonds, in which we wound ourselves through our own struggles for understanding, is thus examined through the activity of the hive and the mauling of the bear.
The piece continues the theme examining the duality of ianabundance and loss with the honeycomb and the physical wounding—the canvas is slashed, on one side sewn back together with red silk thread, giving the appearance of muscle tissue. The other slashes pour out strips of dyed and printed paper—referencing blood and honey, abundance and loss.