John Callaghan

My most recent works have been papercuts and woodcuts inspired by proverbs.  The proverbs come from David Crystal’s book of collected proverbs from around the world “As They Say in Zanzibar”. They range from poetic and profound through  practical advice to silly and indecipherable.

The works begin as cut-paper drawings which are then translated to wood blocks. The two techniques are closely related with the non-printing/non-image areas being the areas cut away in both techniques.   Woodcut also has the same sharp edge of graphic quality as the earlier papercuts but with the added possibilities of more layered colour and a freedom from the engineering problems of the papercuts where the lace-like parts of the papercut had to be connected for it to hold together as an image.