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Martin Mazorra, Bienvenidos, 2021
6-color reduction woodcut with letterpress
on light pink Cranes Lettra Impress
24 x 30 inches
Edition of 40
Printed by the artist

Planthouse is pleased to present Bienvenidos by Martin Mazorra, a reduction woodcut and letterpress print published on the occasion of the reopening of the gallery and New York City in the fall of 2021. 

Monarch butterflies are symbolic of freedom of movement and transformation. They defy borders with their annual 3000-mile migration across the continent to Mexico and southern California in September and October and northeast in the spring. Milkweed is the host plant for the Monarch. This unassuming plant is the single source of nourishment for Monarch caterpillars. Without it, they cannot survive. This print reflects on this interconnectedness and invites others to question human imposed restrictions on the flourishing of natural phenomena.

Martin Mazorra is a Brooklyn-based artist originally from West Virginia. He works chiefly in the medium of woodcut and letterpress, in various scales from small books, prints on paper, prints on canvas, to site-specific print-based installations. He is the founder of Cannonball Press, formed in New York in 1999.

He was born in Morgantown, WV, in 1972. Martin has a BFA from West Virginia University in 1994 and an MFA from The American University in 1996. Currently, Martin teaches at Pratt Institute and Parson’s School of Design in New York City. He has been invited to speak at distinguished institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In addition, he has been a visiting artist at numerous universities and colleges nationally and internationally. He has received an NYFA Fellowship in Printmaking, Drawing and Artist Books, a United States Artists Ford Foundation Fellow, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio grant. His work is in the collections of the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Taubman Museum, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and others.


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