Winter Foxes 2014

My 2014 fox print was inspired by my dreamy new Kleingarten with its tall grasses and Strandkorb (beach chair). There really is a fox that has been spotted going through the garden at night, and I occasionally find his tracks. I imagine him and his friend having all kinds of adventures there in the winter when nobody’s around. Three-block Japanese woodblock print. Printed in a numbered edition of 50 on Japanese Kozushi paper.

Winter foxes © Deborah Anne Bowen

 

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Cutting the woodblocks for winter foxes

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Printing the second of three plates for winter foxes

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Winter foxes © Deborah Anne Bowen

 

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Fox encounter, close-up

 

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Sketch for the winter foxes © DAB

 

Lichtgrenze

My 2014 holiday etching celebrates the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago and the beautiful Lichtgrenze, an impressive and (for me) very moving installation of balloons along the former course of the wall through the middle of Berlin. The balloons were released one after the other on the evening of November 9.

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Lichtgrenze © Deborah Anne Bowen

 

Exhibition “Encounters with a kohlrabi – and other curious beings”, MPIB, 2014

One of the highlights of 2014 for me was my exhibition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Center for Adaptive Rationality. The exhibition was curated by Mauren Antkowski. Here are a few photos from the opening and a tour I gave through the exhibition on September 24.

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Photo © Paul Pedersen

Deborah Anne Bowen – tour of the exhibition. Photo © Paul Pedersen

Photo © Paul Pedersen

Deborah Anne Bowen – talking printmaking techniques. Photo © Paul Pedersen

Photo © Paul Pedersen

Examining the fox book. Photo © Paul Pedersen

Photo © Paul Pedersen

Looking at: American Cicada. Photo © Paul Pedersen

Photo © Paul Pedersen

Hang on, Little Tomato. Photo © Paul Pedersen

Photo © Paul Pedersen

Deborah Anne Bowen – tour of the exhibition. Photo © Paul Pedersen

Photo © Paul Pedersen

Deborah Anne Bowen – tour of the exhibition. Photo © Paul Pedersen

Photo © Dagmar Gülow

Diary of a Viktoriapark Fox. Photo © Dagmar Gülow

Photo © Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup

Display of small woodblock prints, etchings, cards, and printmaking tools. Photo © Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup

Friends helping with the aperitivi. Photo © Paul Pedersen

Friends helping with the aperitivi. Photo © Paul Pedersen

Photo © Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup

Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Photo © Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup

Photo © Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup

Kohlrabi print & two plates. Photo © Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup

Photo © Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup

Mini-[ʤa:ijl] Photo © Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup

Photo by Deb

Robin and Hannes. Photo by Deb

 

Diary of a Viktoriapark Fox

“Diary of a Viktoriapark Fox” is a story without words about the odyssey of a fox in Viktoriapark (Berlin-Kreuzberg) told in a series of six scenes. It’s printed as a leporello – an accordion-fold book that can also be opened to stand upright and viewed as a panorama (90 x 25cm). Japanese woodblock print, series of 10.

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IMG_4412IMG_4411The “hidden track” on the back.IMG_3761Work in progress on the first two woodblocks (with two pages each)IMG_3763IMG_3779IMG_4021Printing the foxes on the press with oil pigments, two scenes per block of wood. The background was printed first from one long piece of wood – hand-rubbed with baren using water pigments. IMG_4022IMG_3788

The front and back cover hot off the press…later signed and numbered.