Palimpsest

A series of woodblock prints examining the minimal nature of the roads of towns upon a natural grain filled backing of bur oak wood.

Palimpsest (2012) represents five Southern Manitoba towns whose roots can be traced, through the non-cardinal layout of their road plans, to the iron band of the railroad that once forged across the prairies. While the railways no longer connect these settlements, its palimpsest still lives on through traces in the landscape, and layout of these towns, even as they sink into the sea of fields that surround them.
 
A series of five 16 inch square woodblock prints on native bur oak wood.
Isabella on Oak
McConnell on Oak
Beulah on Oak
Cardale on Oak
Cordova on Oak
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Final exhibition, 25 prints with the five accompanying wood blocks on opposite wall (dark wall towards back)
Exhibition detail
Printing plates with metal rods representing the former rail lines.
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