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Jockum Nordström


Nordström working on a plate for Back
to the Land
, 2008, photograph by Kathan
Brown, Courtesy Crown Point Press

The title of this print may refer to the back-to-the-land movement of the 1960s and 1970s or to present-day concerns about the environment. Nordström scraped out a major element in the working proof, removing a flowering bush and replacing it with a mutilated tree and a peculiar group of doll-like characters. The three figures are missing limbs, as are the trees that populate the now scorched and vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape. Nordström traced the figures and other elements in the composition from cutouts that he had made (see examples in slideshow).

Banner image: Detail, Jockum Nordström, Back to the Land (working proof), 2008, color spitbite aquatint, sugarlift aquatint, aquatint, and softground etching, Crown Point Press, © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / BUS, Stockholm

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