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The Japanese Woodcuts of Lynita Shimizu

Japanese woodblock printmaking, called moku (wood) hanga (print), is distinguished from other printmaking techniques by the simplicity of material involved in its creation. Wood, water, paper, pigment, paste, and simple carving and rubbing implements are all that is needed to make a print. The process, however, is labor intensive for the artist who must undertake the roles of designer, carver, and printer.

Lynita Shimizu has been creating Japanese woodcuts for twenty-five years. Originally from Pennsylvania, she studied art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, then moved to Japan to concentrate on woodblock printmaking. During her four years there, she studied in Kyoto with a master of traditional woodblock printmaking, Tomikichiro Tokuriki, and in Tokyo with contemporary printmaker Yoshisuke Funasaka. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including recent shows in Uganda and Israel.

In this exhibit, we will see the artist's process as well as the finished products. Tools, woodblocks in various stages, and photos showing the steps involved will be on display in addition to the finished color prints.

All of the prints originated as sketches from the artist's experiences. From grackles at a bird feeder to a crowded train station in Japan, the viewer is invited to share scenes from one person's window on life.

Homer Babbidge Library Plaza Level
Curator: Michele Palmer