An exhibit of hand-pulled linocut prints by Salida artist Sherrie York is on display at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center through March 31.
York created all of the prints in the exhibit using a reduction process, in which she continues to carve more material from the same linoleum block for each color pass. Since the printable area is reduced with each color, she must print the entire edition as she works, printing all the copies of one color before moving on to the next color and printing on top of the previous color.
“I am notorious for starting complex reduction prints with nothing more than a vague plan,” said York. “I have an idea of what I will carve first, and what I will carve last, but in between? It’s pretty much up for grabs. There is a certain amount of risk and tension working this way, but I find it more interesting, and sometimes more challenging, to have the process unfold as it will. I think best when my tools are moving.”
Inspired by the natural world, York’s prints capture the flora and fauna of the West. “I like to consider the ‘whys’ of observed animal behavior, or the ‘what happened here’ of a newly fallen tree or other anomaly of my regular walk along the Arkansas River,” said York. “Creating a new linocut is a way for me to remember and share those discoveries.”
York’s work has been included in national and international exhibitions as well as several books and corporate and museum collections. All prints in the hospital exhibit are for sale, and 25 percent of the proceeds are donated to the HRRMC Foundation.
HRRMC is hosting four art exhibits this year, as part of its mission to create a healing environment. The hospital displays the work of regional artists, with an emphasis on the Arkansas Valley. For more information on exhibiting art at HRRMC, call 719-530-2217.