Family Surrounds (Sunset)

Jules Schmuker's avatar Jules Schmuker

Trees are planted when children are born. Their branches grow toward sunlight, some branches are lost, new leaves sprout, their roots dig deep into soil, clay, and push rock. They are shaped and encouraged by surrounding trees and structures. A tree's growth is easily seen as a metaphor for our lives, in the decisions we make, our surroundings, communities and families influencing who we become. In "Family Surrounds", bold linocut silhouettes of trees are printed over a collograph with warm sunset hues. The collagraph's texture was built with leaves from my family's trees. These trees represent more than just the name of each member of my family. They represent my life journey and my family's unconditional support. Sunset represents death and loss.  There is a realization that our time is precious and fleeting. When we come to terms with the choices we make, we realize that it's okay that there is not enough time in a day to do it all and most important is our family. 

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Linocut and Collagraph
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 7 inches