What good is art? Why do it? These are questions I think about often. I worry about them, and then I proceed to make art anyway! The quote is from Oscar Wilde. It is the first part of a letter he sent to an acquaintance addressing the question of the uselessness of art. The image represents what might be the cellular form of "uselessness". This print is the initial trial for a larger book project titled "Made Up" about the imagined cellular composition of the human body. The production of the book is in progress, to be completed in summer 2015.
This broadside print is a reduction linocut in six colors letterpress printed from multiple blocks. The text is printed from handset metal types. Printed on a variety of papers (Mohawk Superfine 100# text, Cordenons Text, Somerset Velvet Cover, and Lettra Text). Designed and printed by Ellen Knudson / Crooked Letter Press. May 2014. 12" x 17".
Edition of 24.