Review

Video Librarian (March-April 2015)
by P. Hall

Michigan based artist and filmmaker Mary Brodbeck turns the camera here on her own work in creating woodblock prints. Inspired by the great masters Hiroshige and Hokusai, Brodbeck moves in a community of like-minded Western and Japanese creative artists who are eager to keep this ancient practice alive and relevant. Becoming Made looks at the complex, time consuming effort needed for this visually vibrant art form. Brodbeck is a charming on screen presence and patient instructor, demonstrating the intensive preparation necessary for creating a woodblock print. Brodbeck’s careful consideration of materials being use – especially in regard to the watercolor inks that give the prints their sharp hues – brings a Zen-worthy appreciation to the creative process. Along the way, poet-philosopher Mark Nepo provides a gentle running commentary, and viewers meet other contemporary woodblock print creators, while also being introduced to the classic Japanese works that still inspire and intrigue art lovers. Highly recommended.
 
DVD  1b  Mary with camera
 

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