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Maker(s):Hunt, Anita S.
Culture:American (1958- )
Title:Relic from the portfolio Traces
Date Made:2016
Materials:Etching, spit bite aquatint, chine collé on handmade Japanese Gampi, Magnani Pescia paper
Place Made:Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, Massachusetts
Measurements:Mat: 18 in x 14 in; 45.7 cm x 35.6 cm; Sheet: 14 7/8 in x 11 1/8 in; 37.8 cm x 28.3 cm; Plate: 8 11/16 in x 5 7/8 in; 22.1 cm x 14.9 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE/DATE: back, lwr. l. (graphite): © Anita S Hunt 2016 ; ARTIST'S INITIALS/DATE: front, lwr. r. (graphite): ASH 2016; EDITION: front, lwr. l. (graphite): 9/15
Accession Number:  UM 2019.1.11
Credit Line:Purchase with Art Acquisition Funds
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

A black and white, upside-down landscape with trees and sky is set within by a jagged oval border. One of twenty prints in the portfolio, “Traces,” inspired by the poem of the same title by Annie G. Rogers.

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Artist's statement:
“I responded most to the line “And in the deep woods the deer suspect (with the poets) that all we see or seem is here in this moment.” This particular sentiment strongly resonates with my personal philosophy and approach to image making. I’m sometimes lulled by the cycles of the seasons and the stars, the daily turning of the clock and the weekly flipping of the calendar, into feeling that life is filled with repeating patterns. But I also deeply understand that nothing in the world ever truly repeats. Each moment is unique. As an artist I’m always trying to pause the flow of time so that I might catch hold of elusive thoughts, feelings and observations just long enough to record visual memories of my experiences. My portfolio print, “Relic”, is a synthesis of transient perceptions, an instant of ethereal beauty, a memento.”

black and white; reflection; trees; landscapes

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