SAM_8162During the month of April as I worked on the Woodpecker wood engraving the drumming of the Great Spotted Woodpecker could be heard resounding through the estate close to where I live. As the bird rapidly beat the tip of its bill against the dead branch of the magnificent Oak it reminded me of my own excavations and the repetition of the printing process as I tested papers and ink. Rather than discard the developments and explorations I decided to reconfigure the heredity in the form of the parent that created the baby of my depiction. In the words of the poet Lucretius when talking about the elements; ‘Why not instead Consider things their elements, and turn it on its head? ‘

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