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Printmaking: Lithograph, Wood Lithograph (Mokulito) on Paper, Other.
This variable edition series of prints was created from sketches made during private interviews Jenn Cacciola conducted with participants during an artist residency at the Sheen Center For Thought & Culture in Manhattan as part of research for a large-scale multimedia “audio tapestry” installation. The interview questions centered very personally on the interviewees’ experiences and identity. Audio segments from these interview recordings became part of the soundtrack played from behind a large-scale multi-layered tapestry that depicted an anthropomorphized forest. The project sought to allow the voice of those traditionally excluded by the "jargon" of the art world to narrate and inform Cacciola’s work directly. The oral history volunteered by participants in this project will be engaged with in communities outside their own as the piece travels to various exhibition locations. The prints give a face to the anonymous voices heard in the tapestry’s audio during exhibitions, and imparts the feeling of searching onto the viewer.
The rarely-used process of Wood Lithography (or Mokulito) was the method of choice for these prints due to the highly variable prints it produces which struggle to hold their images clearly against the wood grain that appears from the printing plate. During the post-print drawing process that is used on some of the prints, Cacciola reacts to the different visual dynamics that occurred in each print and uses these variations to explore the numerous "personalities" expressed in each portrait. This is one way of acknowledging the limitations in what could be known about these interviewees from the 2-hours she spent with each of them.