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© Florence Neal

Florence Neal
n Woodstock, New York

An exhibition of recent mokuhanga prints

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 23, 4 - 6pm
Exhibition Dates: June 23 - July 9, 2024

Atelier OM

39a Tinker St, down "Lotus Lane" alley (behind Sharkies)
Woodstock, New York
atelierom@gmail.com / 917-539-7965
Hours: Thursday - Monday, 12-6pm / or by appointment

The Liberty Series: This ongoing exploration in mokuhanga printmaking depicts the Statue of Liberty with sonnet text by Emma Lazarus. Each print is a unique image made with hand-carved woodblocks adhering to the traditional 17th century Japanese Ukiyo-e printing technique. This series asks us: What liberties do we celebrate? What liberties are at risk? How do we, individually and collectively lift the lamp of freedom?




LIBERTY woodblocks (a selection)

Mokuhanga (moku: wood / hanga: print)
Hand-carved woodblocks are hand-printed with water-based pigments. 7" x 7" / each print is unique (edition: 1/1)

Woodcut text in progress.





The text by poet Emma Lazarus is on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
—Emma Lazarus, 1883







The Liberty Series prints are made from hand-carved woodblocks using Japanese tools in the traditional 17th century Japanese Ukiyo-e (Floating Worlds) technique and now called mokuhanga “moku” translates to wood and “hanga” means print. The technique involves the use of numerous blocks, each carved and printed with a different  color using the Japanese kento registration method. The carved woodblocks are printed by hand with water-based pigments using a flat disc called a baren onto washi, handmade Japanese paper made from kozo fiber. Hand printing and the natural elements of wood, water, pigment and paper are integral to this technique.