American History Prints > We Are Pilgrims

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)

In the same the way that some people quote the Bible to add legitimacy and authority to their opinions, present-day Americans of every political persuasion call upon "the founding fathers" to justify their definitions of America and Americans. In my research about colonial New England I noticed many allusions to Bible stories, so this print works with the idea that the early European settler stories have become an American Bible story. I borrowed liberally from an Utamaro shunga (erotic) print to create the couple.

11.625" x 13.75" (29.5 x 34.9 cm) image size
made with 5 shina plywood blocks
14 hand-rubbed color layers on Nishinouchi paper.
Edition: 21