Look Again: The ACM Collection Inspires the Boston Printmakers

Art Complex Museum Exhibition, Duxbury, Massachusetts

May 17 – September 6, 2015

Jim Westergard Red Deer AB Canada The Prisoners, 2014 Wood engraving 8 x 6”
Jim Westergard
Red Deer AB Canada
The Prisoners, 2014
Wood engraving
8 x 6”
I have admired the work of Jack Levine for many years and I was moved by his intaglio print, “The Prisoner.” Since reading Octavio Paz’s book “Labyrinth of Solitude” years ago, I've had a fascination with masks of many sorts and I’ve used the element of masks often in my prints. The covered face in Levine's “The Prisoner” is meant as a gag or muzzle, but it is hiding a portion of the face, which is the role of the mask. My wood engraving, “The Prisoners” is also influenced by an Aztec terra cotta piece I saw in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. It is called “Xipe Totec,” the “Flayed Lord,” who wears the skin and face of a sacrificed prisoner.