Multi-color woodcut on paper, 22" x 24", includes natural wood frame, under glass.
Woodcuts - about the process
The process of woodcut printmaking involves carving into wooden panels and then rolling the surface with ink. The inked wood is then placed onto paper and pressure is applied in a hydraulic printing press. The ink transfers from the wood to the paper. In order to create an image with multiple colors, I send the block through the press in several passes.
"In my woodcuts, I use traditional wood carving tools such as gouges and chisels to develop my image. I utilize electric tools like dremels, drills, and circular saws to remove large areas of the wood or to add new textures. I also incorporate the grain of the wood as a vital component of the image’s aesthetic." - Marc Cote
About the artist
Marc Cote teaches art at Framingham State University in Framingham, MA. He holds an MFA from the University of Connecticut and a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Marc sits on the Board of the Boston Printmakers and the Danforth Museum of Art. He has displayed his work in many local, national, and international venues including The Kingston Gallery in Boston, The Perrin Gallery in Brookline, The International Print Center in New York, The Santa Cruz County Art Museum in California, and the Kyoto Woodprint Association in Japan. His prints are in the collections of Harvard University, the Danforth Museum, and McNeese State University.
The images that I create have their roots in snippets of stories that I cull from children's tales, myths and fables, novels from past and present and my own personal experiences. Character development, the quirkier the better, has always fascinated me. I use physiognomy and gesture to depict characters in varying social stances. I'm interested in our secret, rarely revealed egos. Often in my prints, I try to simultaneously show our inner feelings and the outer visages that reflect or shelter those emotions. I want to capture the temporal nature of the person: confident, magnetic, animalistic, materialistic, giddy, downtrodden. I want to show the objects we desire and describe the manner in which we seek them.