Meditation - A Collaboration Between Myself and Naren Gupte


Wood engraving with typewriter printed poem
Edition size: 23
Wood engraving block size: h 2" x w 3"
Paper size: h 7 1/2" x w 5"

Naren Gupte is the Bright Star behind Fortune Compass & the Dark Star Press, and 98% of the creative force behind the text and image for this piece. He created the image from a few random marks that I had carved into the block. He also wrote the poem on his antique typewriter. My contributions were carving the initial random marks onto the block, and then merely to pair the text and image together, add a few finishing touches to the carving, and to print and type the edition. Depending on the settings on your computer monitor, it may be difficult to tell that the image is printed in a very dark midnight blue. Naren had to leave this world before the print was completed. I like to think this image just begins to speak to the freedom, peace, inspiration, and awe he is experiencing in the afterlife.