Piece description from the artist
The intricacies of an owl's feather patterns carved into a new linoleum block with care – what a cozy fit of subject and process. This great gray owl naturally struck the perfect pose to show the world the details making up distinct feather patterns on his wings, his chest, and even his face.
And that face! The eyes of this powerful owl smolderingly convey a serious no-nonsense vibe. Combining the darker and lighter patterns of a great gray owl with the colors, streets, neighborhoods, boundaries, and bodies of water that define a culture-rich and self-confident map of Chicago each enhance the other. Enjoy your Windy City Great Gray Owl linocut print!
Julia Forsyth was born in Oklahoma, raised in Louisiana, and received her painting degree from Baylor University in Texas.
For the past year, her work has focused on linocut printing. By carefully overlaying the black ink of a linocut print onto the colorful maps, Julia creates associations between specific regions, places, and memories and the printed subject matter. Her work often incorporates natural imagery with bold, colorful textiles and patterns.
When she is not amassing a sizable mound of carved-out linoleum shavings as part of the linocut-making process, Julia spends time with her husband and her two children.