Group of Artists from Casterton, country Victoria, and further afield in Australia
Each year, the Casterton Kelpie Association Acquisitive Art Prize is offered as part of the Casterton Kelpie Muster. All entries for the Prize must be Kelpie related. There are two prizes awarded, the main prize, which is Acquisitive, and the other, non-acquisitive for the work judged the best, done by an ‘Artist Residing in the Glenelg Shire’. Artists of the Valley member, Jenn White, whose main passion is printmaking, was thrilled to be awarded the Shire award for her linocut.
The print was done in the reduction method of relief printing and was produced over a two-week period. This method, known amongst printmakers as the ‘suicide method’ allows for no going back to alter what is already committed to paper during the printing process. Working from lightest colour to darkest, appropriate sections of the linoleum block are carved away before each successive colour is applied. The printmaker continues this process, until the only area remaining in ‘relief’ on the block is the area used to print the final colour – in this case, black. With the block ‘disappearing’ with each layer of colour, no more prints can be taken from the block after the initial edition. An edition of two prints, plus two Artist’s Proofs were produced.