SCHANILEC, Gaylord, b.1955. ~ Pool Four, Lake Pepin
Colour wood engraving and letter press type, one of an edition of 200, signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil by the artist. Image and paper size 81 X 61 cm (32 x 24 ins). Printed by the artist on handmade Kraku Kozo paper.
Pool Four is the artist’s engraving of a map of Lake Pepin, one of twelve wood engravings for his book ‘Lac des Pleurs’, printed and published by the artist under his imprint Midnight Paper Sales: a real magnum opus and an astonishing tribute to Lake Pepin by a modern day natural philosopher.
The artist undertook the seven year odyssey studying the 22-mile length of the upper Mississippi River known as Lake Pepin. This widest naturally occurring part of the river was dubbed the “Lake of Tears” by Louis Hennepin in 1680, inspired by the tears of Indian men whose desire to kill the Frenchman was frustrated by their chief.