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This is a block print of a groundhog - and his shadow - on Japanese kozo paper 11" by 12.5" (28 cm by 31.8 cm). The shadow is printed with thermochromic ink, so when heated it disappears! It's one of an edition of 6.

I like Groundhog Day because it's perfectly absurd. Here we are prognosticating weather by harassing celebrity rodents (Wiarton Willie, Shubenacadie Sam,...). Here in Canada, unless you live in Victoria (and possibly Vancouver), if it's February 2, you don't need a groundhog to tell you there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If you live south of the border, anywhere near the most famous American prognosticating groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, the same is true. Shadow or no shadow, winter ain't over on the 2nd of February.

Whether the groundhog can see his shadow is determined by temperature. The cool blue state and hot colourless state are both shown. So the print itself serves as a prognosticating groundhog for Groundhog Day! If the shadow is heated above 30°C (86 F) then it turns colourless. And let's face it; if it's February 2, and your artwork is > 30°C (86 F) you either a) live in the tropics north of the equator b) live in the Southern Hemisphere or c) need to turn the thermostat down ASAP. So, there's a pretty good chance that this print can accurately predict that there will not be 6 more weeks of winter (to a degree of accuracy at least comparable to any celebrity rodent).
Ele Willoughby

Groundhog Day Linocut with Disappearing Shadow

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: ink, thermochromic powder, block printing medium, paper, Japanese kozo paper
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
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