This edition of woodblock prints is very personal to me. I created it shortly after my father passed away, and titled it in his memory, using the numbers of his birthdate. Labyrinth gardens and spaces have been used throughout history to promote meditation and serenity. For me, creation of “Nine Nine Forty Four” was part of a peaceful healing process.
Labyrinths have featured prominently in my life. As an exchange student, I was inspired by the labyrinth in the medieval Chartres Cathedral, used as a pilgrimage destination for prayer. Later, my brother and I explored rock labyrinths on the shore while visiting relatives in Sweden. Back home, my grandmother introduced me to what would become a lifelong favorite place, the labyrinth garden at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Creating Nine Nine Forty Four was really a labor of love for me, to honor my parents and grandmother for providing me with the opportunities to discover the beauty, mystery and karma that come from labyrinths.
Two woodblocks were used to make these prints. There are three colors, bluish grey, dark brown and light brown, although the dark brown is barely visible. When the dark brown ink, the second color, was first applied, it over-powered the bluish grey background. I then used the same block to apply light brown in a slightly offset manner. This technique created the dark brown shadow border, bringing color balance back to the print. I liked the application so much that I repeated the same process for each of the 14 prints in the edition.