Mokuhanga Sisters is deeply grateful to Seven Days and Pamela Polston for this beautiful recognition. Polston is an award winning writer and critic, who expertly interprets out meaning and intentions for this exhibition. Thank you to Alison Crites, Anne Corso, and the Southern Vermont Arts Center for giving us this opportunity to create this exhibition and for the Kentler International Drawing Space and St Lawrence University for their support in traveling this exhibition to their beautiful spaces.
Pamela Polston’s response to our exhibition, The World Between the Block and the Paper is a beautiful interpretation of what we set out to achieve.
“As the somewhat esoteric title hinted, this was an exhibition of wood-block prints. The “world” referred to the myriad possibilities in the moment when carved, inked wood spoke to paper. Specifically, the exhibit featured a Japanese method of printmaking called mokuhanga. Visitors were introduced to an international group called Mokuhanga Sisters, which includes Vermont artist and exhibition cocurator Patty Hudak.
In addition to presenting their own work in vastly different styles, each artist invited a teacher or a student to participate. The total number of prints was a whopping 174. It was a collective testament to the versatility of a timeless art form. Some of the pieces were unframed or even sculptural, showing the surprisingly tensile strength of a seemingly fragile medium.
A captivating installation in the art center’s library paid homage to the artists’ mentors, as well as artisans who handcraft the traditional tools used in mokuhanga. The distinctively Japanese protocol of mutual respect permeated this exhibition and left an indelible impression on viewers as surely as ink on paper.”
The entire exhibition is archived here: The World Between the Block and the Paper
ART BYTE CRITIQUE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
LAUNCH PAD GALLERY
NOVEMBER 18 - 28, 2022, 13:00 - 19:-00
Art Byte Critique is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a community connecting artists around Tokyo. Founded by Arthur Huang as a Tokyo Art Collective and think tank it has evolved into vital artistic network of printmakers, painters, sculptors, video artists, and more. Join us at Launch Pad Gallery for 10
Organized by member artist Deanna Gabiga, the exhibition includes both artists who are local to Tokyo, as well as international artists who have a history of working in Japan.
100 Works on Paper | Benefit Exhibition 2022
Kentler International Drawing Space
October 1 – 16, 2022
Kentler International Drawing Space supports both artists and the local Brooklyn community by promoting both the production and exhibition of works on paper. ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT Kentler’s Exhibitions & Public Programs, The Kentler Flatfiles and K.I.D.S. Art Education. Kentler International Drawing Space, founded by two artists in 1990, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing to the public contemporary drawings and work on paper by emerging and under-recognized national and international artists, and to providing the opportunity to experiment, explore and expand the definition of art in society. Their benefit is a great way to support such a valuable artistic asset, while collecting a work of art at below market prices.
I will be teaching a workshop on Mokuhanga with Sumi Ink at the Two Rivers Print Studio in White River Junction, VT . The workshop will begin on October 28, with a one hour Zoom meeting, and then will meet in person on October 29 and October 30 from 10am - 4pm. Materials will be provided, so come with the spirit of experimentation and expression in this ecologically friendly material.
I will be giving a gallery talk at St Lawrence University’s Richard F Brush Gallery, in conjunction with the exhibition Wood Paper Ink. I will discuss the relevance of the water based printmaking method, mokuhanga, which is finding its voice internationally by an environmentally aware global community of artists.
Circulation of the Light
My print collages, Circulation of the Light and Patterning will be included in the exhibition, Wood Paper Ink at the Richard F Brush Gallery at St Lawrence University, in Canton, NY from September 12- October 8, 2022.
Wood Paper Ink explores mokuhanga, a traditional method of Japanese water-based woodblock printing, and its expansion from Japan to the international world of contemporary art. Organized by the Mokuhanga Sisters and the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, the exhibition presents diverse examples of the environmentally sustainable printmaking process.
My work, Awakening in the Darkening Night, will be included in Two Rivers Print Studio’s Faculty Exhibition, Multiple Avenues: Artists Explore Printmaking from September 9- October 31, 2022.
Opening reception will be on October 7 from 5-7pm.
Exhibiting artists include Michael Smoot, Susan Smereka, Jes Raymond, Lynn Newcomb, Mary Mead, Patty Hudak, Rachel Gross, and Janet Cathey. Though the work is widely varied, a common thread exists among these artists and teachers; each is constantly learning and exploring themselves, collaborating, drawing inspiration from mentors and others, and seeking balance.
This summer, (2022) my print collective, Mokuhanga Sisters collaborated with the Kentler International Drawing Space in Red Hook, Brooklyn to present the exhibition, Between Worlds: Mokuhanga. This exhibition explores the expansion of traditional Japanese woodblock printing (mokuhanga) from Japan into the global world of contemporary art and presents contemporary examples of this environmentally sustainable printmaking process.
My work included a 30 ft long print installation called Two Trees, named after the poem by WB Yeats. I am interested in the variety of imagery in Yeats poetry, where he relates nature to the experiences of love and death.
Also include is my mokuhanga print collage called Secret of the Flower, where I am combining energetic forms to create imagery related to explorations of mental expansion. This piece measures 36 x 48 inches.
We had a lot of success with this exhibition, forming a great relationship with the Kentler, and sharing the technical innovations of mokuhanga and contemporary themes of identity, place, environment, and gender from artists working around the world. We were so thankful to get a mention from Hyperallergic as well as from This Week in New York, and support from The Japan Foundation, St Lawrence University, Southern Vermont Arts Center, and others.
My work has been accepted to the The Kentler Flatfiles, at the Kentler International Drawing Center in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
The Kentler Flat Files are an essential element of Kentler International Drawing Space since its founding in 1990. A collection of over 2,000 artworks by local, national and international artists, this living archive represents the incredible breadth and diversity found in contemporary drawings and works on paper.
My work can by viewed through the Kentler’s digital files. Every artist has a link, my link is here: Patty Hudak in the Kentler Flat Files
You can also make an appointment at the gallery, here.
My installation, “Sailing to Byzantium” has found a permanent home in Ireland- remarkably, not too far from where my mother was born! Acquired by the author, journalist, and art collector, Olivia Cox-Fill, the work was recently celebrated at a reception at the author’s home in Lough Gur, where she hosted a garden party that included a tour of her extensive gardens. I had the pleasure of reading Yeats’ poem, under the canopy fo the installation, with some of the most interesting people I have every met. The conversation was lively and engaging, and the food was amazing!
My print collective, Mokuhanga Sisters invites you to submit your mokuhanga works for this juried exhibition. No submission fee!
The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, announces a call for entry for original prints with an emphasis on mokuhanga.
Mokuhanga is a traditional Japanese style of woodblock printing that utilizes water-based inks and is printed by hand using a baren.
The exhibition will be juried by Mokuhanga Sisters, a print collective of nine international artists bound together by their love for mokuhanga.
All accepted works must utilize mokuhanga as the primary medium. Small 3-d works and artist’s books that utilize mokuhanga will also be considered; these accepted works may be displayed in glass exhibition cases. The exhibition will run from September 12 through October 8, 2022.All applications must be submitted via this link:
NEW PRINTS OFF THE BLOCK ENTRY FORM
This juried exhibition is open to all international artists. Work should have been created in the past 5 years. There is no fee to apply.
Thank you to Italian Art Historian Cinzia Franceschini and Perfect Picture Lights for featuring my work, Botanical Ornaments 5, in their intriguing series on color.
Here is a link to the article.
I am so thankful to announce that I received a Studios at Vermont Studio Center Grant, to support production of my mokuhanga prints. This will reduce my monthly rental costs to make the creation of these prints more sustainable, and allow me to develop them in the engaging setting of the Vermont Studio Center.
The grant to support studio rentals for Vermont artists is supported through the generosity of individuals and by grants from the Artist Resource Trust and the Oakland Foundation.
Thank you for supporting Vermont artists!
You are invited to a Zoom IM PechaKucha event!
I will be presenting with 2 other members of the Mokuhanga Community:
Terry McKenna who runs the Karuizawa Mokuhanga School in Japan and
Andre Zadorozny who hosts the podcast, The Unfinished Print.
International Mokuhanga Association (IMA) invites you to join a scheduled Zoom event, continuing our conversations from the IMC2022 Virtual Conference.
We are pleased to have PechaKucha presentations by three wonderful mokuhanga artists!
1 - Terry McKenna (Japan) — “Water is Life”
2 - Patty Hudak (U.S.)— “Mokuhanga Connections: Finding Support in our Community”
3 - Andre Zadorozny (Canada) — “The Unfinished Print: Understanding The Mokuhanga Community”
The Event: 45 minutes
• 10 minutes each presentation / up to 20 images
• Open discussion follows
Register in advance for this event so that we can send you a reminder!!!
https://zoom.us/ IM PechaKucha /register
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Time: Saturday, Feb 26, 8 pm (EST) (US and Canada) / Japan – Feb. 27, 10am (JST)Hosted by: Kentler International Drawing Space
I hope you can make it!
Award winning art journalist, Pamela Polston, of Seven Days Vermont wrote a beautiful review of the Mokuhanga Sisters exhibition, The World Between the Block and the Paper currently on view at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester, VT. She is a brilliant and thoughtful writer who cares deeply about art. You can read the full article here.
Our mokuhanaga print collective, Mokuhanga Sisters, has a new website! We will be posting our collective projects here.
Thank you to Andre Zadorozny for including me in his fabulous podcast, The Unfinished Print. Andre interviews artists who practice mokuhanga printmaking, and has a talent for drawing out the story from his guests,. I am so delighted to be included among the artists that he has interviewed- this is my favorite podcast!
Thank you to Marguerite Serkin and Artscope Magazine for this terrific coverage of The Mokuhanga Sisters exhibition, Between the Block and the Paper, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester VT, on view until March 27, 2022. To download a copy of this month’s issue of Artscope, visit their website or download their App.
OPENING DECEMBER 11
The World Between the Block and the Paper
On View: December 11, 2021 - March 27, 2022
Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, VT
The Mokuhanga Sisters Print Collective and the Southern Vermont Arts Center are presenting an exhibition of Mokuhanga works demonstrating the versatility of contemporary water based woodblock printmaking. With over 23 artists represented, the exhibition seeks to create links between the growing community of contemporary artists using this eco friendly process to create meaningful works of art.
Katie Baldwin invites Chihiro Taki
Patty Hudak invites Louise Rouse
Mariko Jesse invites Hidehiko Gotou
Kate MacDonagh invites Katsutoshi Yuasa
Yoonmi Nam invites Matthew Willie Garcia
Mia O invites Terry McKenna
Lucy May Schofield invites Ayao Shiokawa
Melissa Schulenberg invites Brendan Reilly
Tetsuo and Toshio Soyama
My exhibition “Botanical Ornaments” at the TW Wood Gallery in Montpelier, VT, will be part of the Montpelier Alive Art Walk, taking place on October 1, 2021. For maps and more information, you can visit their website, http://www.montpelieralive.com/154/Art-Walk
I am so honored to be the recipient of the Awagami Paper Award from the International Mokuhanga Conference this year, taking place in Nara, Japan. The Awagami Paper Company have been producing paper for over 6 generations by the Fujimori family in Tokushima, Japan, while keeping up with tradition and the needs of contemporary artists worldwide. The award includes 50 sheets of Awagami Paper, which is some of the best paper in the world.
I am indebted to my fantastic teachers from Japan, for the residencies that I attended by the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory in Kawaguchi-ko, Japan, under the shadow of Mt. Fuji, for the privilege of attending carving practice in the studio of Motoharu Asaka, and for the workshop in the studio of Katsutoshi Yuasa, in Tokyo. I particularly love the community of artists who are practicing Mokuhanga internationally, particularly the group of women we call the “Mokuhanga Sisters”, who have guided my practice since 2017.
Mary Gow, from the Times Argus reviewed my exhibition “Botanical Ornaments”, at the TW Wood Museum in Montpelier, VT. We had a lovely conversation, where we discussed how humans relate to trees, and how we can reconnect to nature through our relationships with plants. She has some very beautiful insights not only into my artwork, but her writing about art in general exposes her sensitivity to visual media and to the concerns of our times. You can read the review here: “Botanical Ornaments” Patty Hudak Finds Solace in Nature
I will be exhibiting my large scale installation, Botanical Ornaments, at the Nuquist Gallery at the TW Wood Museum in Montpelier VT, from August 6- October 30. This work is inspired by the spiritual and mystical sensations from the woodlands of rural Vermont.
Botanical Ornaments is a fabric installation explores humanity’s role as a part of nature, and the possibilities of what happens when the boundaries between the two dissolve. The installation features a large painted fabric stage, which can be entered, giving the feeling of immersion within the painted surface.
The installation is accompanied by three large scale prints, that personify the experience of spiritual oneness with the natural world.
For more information, you can contact the gallery at 802-262-6035 or email email@example.com or at www.twwoodgallery.org. The gallery is located at the Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602, and is opened from Thursday-Saturday from 12-5pm.
Minema Gallery, in Johnson, VT, will be exhibiting my work “Botanical Ornament 5” in their group exhibition “Lightness of Being” from June 29- August 28, 2021, along with the work of Tuyen My Nguyen, Chiara No, and Tara Thacker. There will be a closing party for the exhibition on August 28, at 5pm, all are welcome. The setting is beautiful, and also, the town hosts a great series of music, on Tuesday evenings, all summer.
Kanreki – an exhibition of Mokuhanga prints by members of Graphic Studio Dublin and invited artists, will be on view from Saturday 29 May – Saturday 19 June 2021, at the Graphic Studio Gallery, in Dublin, Ireland.
Mokuhanga is a traditional printmaking technique that was made internationally known by Ukiyo-e artists – Utamaro, Hokusai and Hiroshige, for example – during the Edo period in Japan (1603 – 1863). Moku means wood in Japanese, and hanga means print. This water-based technique is similar to that of Chinese and Korean woodblock printing but master printers in Japan developed special characteristics such as the kento registration system that make Mokuhanga uniquely Japanese.
Mokuhanga is an environmentally friendly technique. It uses only natural materials: wood, watercolour, washi (Japanese handmade paper) and a baren (a handheld tool made from bamboo to print without the need of a printing press). The pigments are applied with a brush and, though being printed by hand, the image is pressed deeply into the washi paper.
The artists in this exhibition have studied traditional Mokuhanga printmaking – adapting it to their own practice using contemporary innovations. Moya Bligh (1954 – 2009), who lived in Japan, introduced Mokuhanga to Graphic Studio Dublin in 1980s. Many of the other artists in this exhibition went on to study in Japan. There is now a growing international network of artists using this technique.
Kanreki is one of several exhibitions planned to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Graphic Studio Dublin. ‘Sixty’ is a magical number in Japanese culture. Kan means return or cycle and reki depicts calendar. It is a celebration of being reborn or of a new beginning. In Japan, Kanreki is traditionally symbolized by the colour red. All artists in this exhibition have incorporated red into their prints.
Yoko Akino, Moya Bligh, Debra Bowden, Kari Cahill, Cliona Doyle, Susan Early, Niamh Flanagan, Paul Furneaux, Mary Grey, Patty Hudak, Ann Kavanagh, Jennifer Lane, Louise Leonard, Kate MacDonagh, Ed Miliano, Ross McDonnell, Susan Mannion, Geraldine O’Reilly, Helen O’Sullivan, Robert Russell, Mateja Smic, Elke Thonnes, Vaida Varnagiene, Katsutoshi Yuasa