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  "Palms" wood engraving
© Mary Thompson - State College, Pennsylvania

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I work with light in the engraving process, from block to finished print. I think of wood engraving this way: The uncut surface of my block is black, i.e., a surface in total darkness. As I cut the block (keeping in mind that the parts cut from the block will show as white on the print) I let in the light bit by bit. Eventually the block, clarified by the light I have let in, reveals an image. That image, of course, is the reverse of the image I intend to produce. To fully illuminate the image, the block is printed onto paper.