Chakaia Booker (American, b. 1953)
Woodcut and chine-colle
Sheet : 20 1/2 x 25 in. (52.07 x 63.5 cm)
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Gift of Arthur and Kristine Rossof
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New York-based artist Chakaia Booker is best known for her large-scale sculptures made from found objects and recycled materials. In 2009, Booker began collaborating with master printers at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop to create limited edition prints that allow her to explore issues of pattern, texture and form in two dimensions rather than three. Booker produced this print on commission from the Print Club of New York. The print was made using 65 thin strips of woodblock-printed paper that were affixed by pressure to the backing sheet in a process known as chine colle. Slight variations in the printing and arrangement of the paper strips means that each print in the edition is subtly different from the others. The composition brings to mind West African strip-woven textiles or perhaps rows of tire tracks that recall Booker's famous sculptures made from recycled rubber. 

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