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Lizy Bending

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Educate, Employ, Empower. Hand carved and printed woodcut. 2013

many artists their work is built on trade secrets and tricking the eye‌ But for me I find the whole creative process so fascinating that I want to invite the audience to be a part of it. With this work I chose to present the steps that are taken to achieve the hand carved woodcut, this was done through carving the board twice; once to be printed from to realise the finished colour reduction print, and the other so that the audience can see how the wood is carved and the pencil design/drawing that starts me on my way through the creative process. Printmaking is so adaptable and versatile and its innate reproducibility, I feel, connects it deeply not only with politics which I have exploited in this piece but also with people. To me the processes is designed to be shared, and the very presence

of communal print studios instigates this even more. I think print has a deep rooted connection to people, so I aim make this apparent in my work. This is just the case I believe for my own work however I do not think that this is necessarily true for everybody, in fact I would even go as far as to say some artists deliberately want to create a barrier between their audience and their experience of the work. They say that a good print or painting is designed to be viewed from 12 feet away and 12 inches, but I think this is true about a work itself and its documentation. Obviously I will always encourage everyone to go and view art works in the flesh, but if the magic of a piece can be captured by its documentation (especially in the

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