Freewheelin' Series

Artist Statement: Freewheelin’ Series: Print-based collages

Freewheeling: verb [ no obj.] “to ride a bicycle with the pedals at rest, especially downhill --

(usu. as adj. freewheeling) act without concern for rules, conventions, or the consequences of one's actions.

For my Freewheelin’ Series, I carved a small linocut, incorporating the striking linear design of bicycle spokes (1/4 wheel). Then using a hand baren, I printed the quarter section, 4”x4” square.

Hand-printed block Hand-carved lino-block plate

Next, I have combined 16 photo images of the printed square into a larger collage. The combinations are endless, and that is the magic of the series. The results may be symmetrical or truly “freewheeling.” Sometimes a completed wheel forms the center. Other times the wheel/spoke reference is almost lost entirely. 


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