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9 April 2015

the washing up 1989 woodblock

The Washing Up 1989 is a woodblock. Cressida Campbell’s normal technique is woodblock painting, which is explained here. The Persephone reader who lives in Sydney and originally wrote to us about her said: “We went to hear Cressida being interviewed by one of the curators at the State Art Gallery. I was fascinated to hear her description of how she created her works. I love hearing how writers work, too, and her process had a lot in common with writing. She spoke about ‘editing’ and re-editing her work until the bones were apparent. She even saws into her finished woodblocks sometimes to create a smaller, tighter picture. And Nasturtiums is one of those. Her mother calls it ‘murdering her darlings’.”

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