"Vanity II" , 2018
-The history of Japanese woodblock inspires me to imagine everyday life narratives that have a beginning, middle, and end without limitations." -Jennifer Mack-Watkins
What is Mokuhanga?
The Japanese printmaking technique of Mokuhanga (“ moku” means wood,”han" means print, "ga" picture) remains a process of Mack-Watkins’s artwork because of the application of water-based ink is applied to a wood surface to create an image that allows colors to appear in transparent layers when printing.
The Mokuhanga printmaking process earliest's development originated in China and Korea. The addition of more than one color and kento registration is associated with Japan. During the Edo period ( 1603-1867) the technique of woodblock became very popular. However, the earliest Japanese woodblocks were produced in black and white for the purpose of Buddhist's texts, images, and books from the 8th century. It was during the Edo period that 'Ukiyo-e"( pictures of the floating world) was used to depict everyday life. (Source adapted: "Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop by April Vollmer)