A guest post by Eric Jackson-Forsberg.
A Journey of the Spirit, produced by artist Sandra Hall and master printmaker Ed Ott, is an epic suite of 64 serigraphs that exemplifies obsession and tests the boundaries of serigraphy as an art form.
Since its completion 30 years ago, this awe-inspiring body of work had been waiting untouched in a storage locker, neglected in the searing New Mexico heat. The suite of prints depicts the gentle flow of life during a single, allegorical day—from dawn to dark—in a mysterious, color-infused, southwest-inspired landscape. Both the products and process of this epic project unearth intense and upsetting memories for Ott; memories he is just coming to terms with three decades after completing the incredibly laborious commission. At the height of his stress in executing the Journey, Ott suffered a breakdown and spent time in the psychiatric ward of the Phoenix Veterans’ Hospital. But in retrospect, he “[sees] greatness in it all—the art, the serigraphy, the prints, and the experience.”
On April 13, 2012 A Journey of the Spirit was brought out of storage and exhibited at the Western New York Book Arts Center in its entirety for the first since its creation. The exhibition is on view at WNYBAC through June 9th, 2012. The exhibition has offered Ott an opportunity to come to terms with the psychologically rigorous experience of executing Hall’s exacting vision; he has plans now to exhibit the series world-wide.
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