“Relief”

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“Relief”
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C.K.Itamura
2014
Letterpress + Mixed Media (Book)
Limited Edition of 10
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ARTIST’S NOTES
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Relief is a multi-faceted reflection on the definitions of the word ‘relief’ as defined by Webster’s Dictionary and presented in the form of two- and three-dimensional biographical and autobiographical narratives.
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The physical aspects of relief are visually and tactilely apparent in the methods and materials used to create this work, and in the treatment of the materials. Delicate pages are damaged, disappear and reappear repaired, eventually to the point of invincibility.
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One narrative relays milestones in my mother’s life, where relief in the extreme comes into play. Representing increments of five years, each page illustrates her experience with unrest and subsequent relief during that period. Her biographical portion of the book ends at age sixty, when she ultimately succumbed to terminal cancer. The autobiographical narrative picks up where her section leaves off, taking sections of her life and incorporating them, with appreciation into my own present day relationship with other definitions of ‘relief’.
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Another narrative of Relief that runs parallel to the first, is a play on the word ‘relief’ itself. The book begins with a more-or-less typical book page made of paper and eventually, page-by-page morphs, by the final leaf, into a page made out of another type of material altogether. ‘Relief’ is supplanted by its homophone “re-leaf” in the literal sense. Caterpillar. Chrysalis. Butterfly. Even the colors of the materials – white, milky gray, cream and the transparencies – carry forward this transitional theme.
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Finally, letterpress in and of itself is a relief form of printing, of course.
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— C.K.Itamura
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
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C.K.Itamura is a letterpress and reduction linocut printer, photographer and writer. Her work blurs the lines between mediums as she combines letterpress and reduction linocut printing with photography, social commentary, personal idealism, live presentation and mixed media.
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In 2013, San Francisco Center for the Book selected C.K.Itamura to be one of ten featured artists to create large scale, carved linoleum, steamroller printed, limited edition prints at the 10th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival in San Francisco.
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In 2014, 2015 and 2016 her work will be featured in Absence and Presence: A Printmaking Response to the bombing of Al Mutanabbi Street. This International Exhibition will include: the Iraq National Library in Baghdad (2014-15); United States, various locations (2014-15), United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and North Africa (2014-15), and the permanent collection of Herron Art Library, Purdue University, Indiana, USA (2016).
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Her studio, Peach Farm Studio is based in Sonoma County, California. She teaches letterpress, reduction linocut and other linoleum block-based classes and workshops in the San Francisco bay area and throughout the North Bay.
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Find Peach Farm Studio on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr and atwww.PeachFarmStudio.com.
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Other letterpress + mixed media books by C.K.Itamura include a Printer on Printing in Print.

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