After a safari trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe in August 2010, member artist Carolyn Witschonke was inspired to preserve her memories of special happenings on that trip. “My sister told me about this safari she was thinking of taking,” explains Witschonke. “When she asked me two days later to come with her, I eagerly said yes! The trip was everything it was advertised to be and more. I took many pictures and felt compelled after the trip was over to use the images and experiences in a series of linocut prints.”
Each of the 14 linocuts on display in this exhibition recalls a unique experience of the trip.
From visits to learn about the San peoples’ 30,000 year old civilization, to 19 lions sleeping just outside their cottage behind a fence and roaring all night, to finally seeing zebras for the first time gathered under a tree staring back at the viewers, Witschonke takes us on our own virtual safari through her striking black and white prints.
Out of Africa is on exhibition May 1 through June 30, 2012 at Printmakers Inc. Studio 325 at The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA. Open daily.
Please join the artist for a special reception on Sunday, May 13, 2 to 4 pm.