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Forest Song

Forest Song Book
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Forest Song is a book of 12 woodblock print images and 11 woodblock text images describing a subconscious journey through illness to restored health. The prints grew out of a period of illness in India. I was traveling for several months in Asia and found myself quite sick in Dharamsala, India, home of the Tibetan government-in-exile. There I stayed for two months being treated by Tibetan doctors and living in a hotel/monastery so that every morning at 3 a.m. I would awaken to the sound of chanting monks. A mysterious environment to be sinking into the lethargy of illness. The slow recovery and its accompanying sense of inwardness is the feeling out of which this series came. Although it shows no outward reference to the surrounding environment or my illness the prints are psychologically representative. The text was written by me to add to the atmosphere of mystery rather than as explanation.

Edition: 50. Media: Woodcut print book –12 images (each 7 1/2 x 9") and 11 text blocks. Year: 1991. Size 9-1/2” x 13”. Binding: by artist. Printed on Mulberry paper. Published by Epigone Press, Tokyo - $750. Individual prints from the series are available for $100 each.


From the Printed Matter website

Art Hazelwood
Forest Song
San Francisco, CA: Epigone Press. 1995

Synopsis: Forest Song is the trade edition of Art Hazelwood's woodcut print series. The text and images are both black and white printed woodcuts, standing side by side on opposite pages like captions preceding silent movie scenes. The story has a universal and primitive feel, involving dreamlike scenes of a music so primal and powerful that it "draws everything inward to a whirling center." People metamorphose into flying beasts, and civilization is forever disrupted.

Pages: [23] p.
Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth): 28.5 x 21.5 cm.
Cover: Paperback
Binding: glue bound
Process: offset-printed
Color: black-and-white
Edition size unknown
Signed: Unsigned and Unnumbered
ISBN: 0964020874
Price Info: $15.00

You can buy Forest Song from Printed Matter a New York Artists' Book Store or from the artist