• re: The Cross After Death

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    sarah March 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Molly, your precision and dedication to your craft is palpable. Such
    amazing attention to detail and skill in all of your works. “The Cross After
    Death” is a real achievement. Can you describe the process of creating a many
    color reduction linocut?


    mollyletters March 21, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Reduction Linocut is carved from a single linoleum block, and each
    color constitutes one run on the press. Generally, the method is to begin with the
    lightest color, carving out only the whites. Each subsequent color I  a shade darker and is printed over the
    preceding colors. The tricky thing to remember is that you print the color
    before you carve away the part of the image where you will see it. So, The
    Cross After Death was run through the press 20 times, once for each color, and
    the darkest blue on the image has 19 layers of ink beneath it.