SCHANILEC, Gaylord, b.1955. ~ The Blade.
Six colour wood engraving. One of the second edition print of 20, numbered, titled and initialled by the artist. Two blocks printed as a diptych. Image size 17.5 x 27 cm (7 x 10.5 ins). Paper size 26.5 x 34 cm.
Gaylord Schanilec saw farm life as a hazy, black and white image of chickens in the yard with an uncle and aunt waving from the porch. But when he set out with a camera and tape recorder to learn what farmers had to say about rural life, he heard a different story.
His book ‘Farmers’ offers a revealing look into the lives and insights of four Midwestern American farmers—of their fight for survival on the fast changing landscape of rural America today. Schanilec sets the scene for his interview with farmer, Danny Norlock, with this two-panel wood engraving of his farm, in six colours using six separate end-grain maple blocks.