Friday, October 28, 2011

Suicide Cut "The Dreamer", 3 color linocut

The Dreamer
6 x 6"

A suicide cut (also known as a reduction print)  is a process in which all colors are printed from the same block. For each color pass  the material is removed from the block. Each color is printed on top of the previous one. One must print the entire edition first, because the printable area of the single block is reduced with each pass. Once the block has been carved there is no going back, so accuracy is key.
For example, the first color printed in "The Dreamer" is the lightest color, or the shape of her face. 
The second color is a royal blue. The third and final color is printed in black.