CIrcuses Can Get Religion Too; Just Don't Lose Your Head

16.00"W x 23.00"H x 0.0"D

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mike selbach


Medium: Print

Subject Tags: circus, elephant, multicolor

Media: woodcut on paper

Size: 16"W x 23"H x 0.01"D

Year Created: 2017

This print is a multicolor continuation of the elephant theme. The title is a play on the legend of Ganesha. One version of the the legend asserts that Ganesha's head was cut off by Shiva. Ganesha's mother Parvati told Shiva he had just beheaded their son. Shiva in tears, Looked around and found an elephants head readily available and permanently applied it Ganesha's headless body.

My vocabulary is built from life, nature and art. Primitive cultures, ancient art, the figure and four footed animals inform my work. I attempt to capture the inner spirit with arresting, contemporary graphics. I follow inspiration drawn from  the German Expressionists, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirschner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff & the mid-century Americans Gustave Baumann and Elizabeth Catlett.I embrace the equality of fine art, low art, art brut, primitive art and the powerful current that inspires all artists who defy easy categorization. My work exists to infer color and light, to subtly and mysteriously catch the eye at unexpected moments. Ideally the viewer responds with calm pleasure and sees the work anew with each view. I want the work to reflect the world around it and subtly instruct the viewer.The woodcuts are hand printed using a cast iron press on solid wood. I use low VOC inks & papers of cotton or mulberry. The materials reflect the qualities I seek in my work. I carve with  honed chisels driven by hand or wooden mallet. Power tools are for rough, rarely for finish. I choose this approach to keep dust and noise out and concentration in my process. 

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