Color woodcuts by Cathie Crawford are now available from Manneken Press
Cathie Crawford’s poetic prints are marked by bright colors in strong horizontal bands. Her imagery hovers on the edges of abstraction with associations of landscape, water and other suggestions of the natural world.
Top: Luna Sea, 2018. Color reduction woodcut printed on Natsume paper. 24″ x 36″, ed. of 7.
Above: Anima Mundi, 2020. Color reduction woodcut with pochoir, printed on Hosho Professional paper. 20″ x 25″, ed. of 9.
Cathie Crawford’s prints exude a strong materiality. Evidence of her images’ origins in wood is visible in the grain of the matrix transferred in ink to the paper. Crawford chooses sumptuous, handmade Japanese papers made of kozo and gampi fibers. The irregularities, fiber inclusions and deckles give these papers personalities of their own. In contrast to the delicacy of the paper, Crawford often uses a heavy ink application which imparts textures and glossy surfaces to the finished prints.
Above: Likeness of Being, 2018. Color reduction woodcut 24″ x 19″, edition of 10.
About The Artist:
Cathie Crawford is an American artist working primarily in color woodcut. She received an MFA from Bradley University and BFA from Ohio State University. Crawford has exhibited widely, including thirty solo exhibitions and many national and international juried exhibitions. She lives and works in Peoria, IL.