Edition variable reduction woodcut
Edition Variable (E.V) of 14
Sheet size: 91 x 59.5 cm (35 7/8 x 23 3/8 in)
Signed and numbered by the artist on the front
Published by Hammick Editions, 2022
Surrounded by the opaque reflections of moonlight on water, the figures in Open Water embark on a lunar voyage. Drawing from a wide range of sources, from Japanese woodblock prints to Northern European Romantic painting, Open Water evokes an archetypical poet or artist figure exploring an antithetical desire for freedom and isolation. The illustrative style captures a narrative moment, inviting speculation.
Hammick describes how Open Water “started after a thin inking of the plate revealed an incredibly watery woodgrain. The grain conjured the image. I love it when accidents like these happen in the print studio and the material dictates what goes on within the picture plane to a large extent.”