Uprooted Original Hand-carved Siberian Birch Relief Woodblock OOAK Mounted Framed 30x40 in

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Original Carved Woodblock, Siberian Birch
24" x 36" block size, framed 32" x 40"
One of a kind

Block: Siberian Birch

Process: To achieve different textures, I used various tools on the tree tops, "drawing" carelessly with a small drill bit; dangerous, but effective.
Image: Something that has been on my head for a while, perhaps a reference to the inability (impossibility?) of me as an immigrant to completely fit into a new culture. Maybe another theme inspired the image...who knows? The "model" was The Dying Gaul, a classic statuesque pose viewed from two different angles.

Uprooted is a homage to all those who can't, on any given vacation, revisit their childhood home. In 1974 we immigrated to the US from Spain, but previously my family with a not-quite two year-old Maria, was uprooted from Cuba. I don't remember Cuba at all, but I do remember Spain quite well with very good and happy memories of growing up with the initial help of Las Filipenses, the happiest collection of nuns.

A family of five, we left with two suitcases about of the size of today's carry-ons and that still reside in one of my closets. The most salient memory of the trip to the US was that of leaving Barcelona on a train to Madrid, from where we would eventually fly to America. That train left in the dark of night with friends surrounding my parents. I remember someone mentioning that I wasn't crying but the phrase was muffled and distant. Then the train left and I remember entering the darkness of a tunnel.

That tunnel has stayed with me, both as a refuge and as a reminder of past places and of hopeful futures. It isn't at all depressing, but merely a place where I felt safe and guarded from distant pasts and unknown futures. Uprooted once more, ready to grow roots in a new place yet never forgetting the last.

When I hear people talk about immigrants today, a part of me thinks of that tunnel and I know that they probably have their own safe tunnels where their souls reside temporarily until they can lay root again. Signed Framed Original woodblock One of a kind

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