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My print, “The Crackerbox” is an inspired loose visual interpretation of a scene from James Joyce’s “Ulysses” wherein the protagonist, Leopold Bloom, unbeknownst to himself, leaves in his wake as he exits the pub, a ravenous slew of insults and slurs, a “sic him Gary Owen” [the dog] and a crackerbox flung at and just missing his head. Not included or even hinted to in my image is the grand chariot descending from the heavens to pick him up outside the door.
This linoleum print started out as a few sketches cut up and taped together to make an engaging drawing which I then turned into to a soft ground etching. I got such a kick out of the image that I decided to undertake transforming it into a reductive linoleum print. The process of making this print has taken months of work, more joyful than grudge. I struggled immensely with the colors especially toward the end, but I’m hoping my fundamental love for James Joyce’s work comes through in the final result. If just a fraction of his obsession with words and wit and even more so his joy of music peeks through to someone, anyone, I am pleased.
Coco Berkman
[A edition of this print is in the collection of The Dublin Writers Museum as well as The Prairie Lights Bookshop in Iowa City.]
The Crackerbox is a 12 color reductive linoleum print. The 18" X 22" image is printed with Daniel Smith oil based inks onto 22" X 30" Heavy weight Rives BFK acid free paper.
It will ship gently rolled in a wide tube.

Linocut relief print The Crackerbox Joyce's "Ulysses".

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: oil based ink, acid free paper, etching press, linoleum, japanese carving tools
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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