ARTWORK > We Are Pilgrims

We Are Pilgrims is a series of 15 woodblock prints centering on the lives of the earliest settlers of New England. This work is personal, as I'm a Mayflower descendant and I live in New England. But it's also a response to our American public discourse which, especially since 9/11, seems to be focused on what it means to be American, who gets to be American and what our founders intended for the country. The Pilgrim prints are a product of my own reading and thinking about the American creation story, my imaginings about what the lives of these early immigrants might really have been like, and my musings about what their lives mean to us now, almost 400 years later.

I have self-published a book by the same name, which can be seen on the last page of this gallery.

2010
Moku hanga woodblock print of a tranquil scene, hills and constellations by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
21" x 29 " (53.3 x 73.7 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print of a ship, the Mayflower, and starry sky by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
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Moku hanga woodblock print of a ship, the Mayflower, and starry sky by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
29" x 14" (73.6 x 35.5 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print of a group of pilgrims and graffiti by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print with spray paint
10.25" x 14.5" (26 x 37 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print of a group of pilgrims and forest night scene by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
10.25" x 14.5" (26 x 37 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print of a ship, the Mayflower, and William Bradford quote
Japanese Woodblock Print
14" x 29" (35.5 x 73.6 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print of colonial era native american, seal of Mass Bay Colony, and depiction of pathogens with falling indians by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
15" x 11" (38 x 28 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print of wampum belt by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
7" x 10" (17.8 x 25.4 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print of Algonquin Bible page, book of Genesis, and new england indian petroglyphs by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
19" x 14.5" (48 x 37 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print, artist's rendering of Priscilla and John Alden by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
8" x 6" (20.3 x 15.2 cm) each
Moku hanga woodblock print of a ship, the Mayflower, and woman falling through water by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
22" x 9.5" (55.9 x 24 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print of two homosexual puritan men by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
20.5" x 14.5" (52 x 37 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print of two native american men and college buildings in background by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52 cm)
Moku hanga woodblock print of a couple making love and Bible story allegories in background by Annie Bissett
Japanese Woodblock Print
14.75" x 16" (37.5 x 40.6 cm)