Roots and Ruins

Roots and Ruins

Roots and Ruins, linocut by Lily S. May under my former married name.

As I’ve continued looking through my old prints and refashioning them, I came upon another linocut I made in the 1970s that I called Roots and Ruins.  This is a scene from my visits to the Virgin Islands years ago.  A favourite site of mine was a place, now wooded, which had once held a plantation.  This old plantation wall had been taken over by the forest with trees rooting and growing out of stone.

Roots and Ruins

Roots and Ruins, mail art from a linocut I made in 1974.

This was a haunting site, a reminder of the enslavement of people to cultivate sugar cane and their uprising to free themselves.

Roots and Ruins

Roots and Ruins, mail art by Lily S. May, 2013.

Seeing the print again, I did not want to cut into it as I’ve done with other prints.  Instead I left it whole and folded and sewed it.  I added a bit of colour and sent it off to a friend as a surprise mail art booklet.

Roots and Ruins

Roots and Ruins, mail art folded booklet, made 2013 by Lily S. May from linocut made in 1974.



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