From Gifts of the Crow by John Marzluff Ph.D., Tony Angell:
“Talking crows reveal a part of their cognitive lives. To talk, crows must be able to form and replay memories. They confront the immediate with memory of the past. They dream. While we don’t claim that speaking crows really grasp the complexity of human language, they use our words to get what they want, which is remarkable. That a crow will learn and use a human trick reinforces the depth to which our species are intertwined. Crows manipulate, deceive, play, and converse with other species. They anticipate rewards and, to reap them, devise and carry out plans. When we overhear crows singing softly to themselves, we wonder if they derive pleasure simply by listening to the sounds they can make. So much of what we hear from crows or ravens is inexplicable. They ring like bells, drip like water, and have precise rhythm. They sing alone or in great symphonies. Some of their noise could be music.” (Copyright 2012 Free Press)
This is a series of large Linoleum Relief prints, one and a half foot square.
Relief printmaking is the the oldest form of printing and was invented by the Chinese.
Linoleum was invented in the late 19th century and many artists prefer it to wood because it is easier to carve.
I had assigned my printmaking students a relief print project and they had infinite reasons for their plates NOT to be finished. So I challenged them. I said I bet I can do six feet of plates over "Spring Break". I spent 15 hours on each plate and had them finished and printed during break.
My students lost the bet.
|Cutting the Linoleum plate|
|one can never have enough carving tools|