(Harriet Tubman’s $20 bill)
Technique: Intaglio and dry-point etching on 11 plates: steel, copper and acetate. Sugar lift, hard and soft ground. Edition of 4 printed on both sides of Zerkall Artrag 300 gr. + 4 print runs cut into small bills.
Dimensions: height 42 ½” x width 19 ¼” (108 cm x 49 cm)
Small bills cut from large print: 7 1/16” x 3 1/8” (18 cm x 8 cm)
The piece consists of a limited edition of 4 double-sided large format prints. The large format bill is accompanied by a “wad” of 36 small bills cut from the same print.
This is one version, my version, of the twenty-dollar bill honouring Mrs. Harriet Tubman. The design of the real bill was to be completed and unveiled to the public this year, 2020.
Tubman as visionary. The 20/20 vision unfortunately still necessary today in 2020.
Scars upon scars – scarred skin, scarred earth, scarred society. The forest is a haven and an ally. Broken chains, snipped barbed wire, Northern stars, maps, bullets, teeth, tracks.
I used a blue ink for the night of the forest which I made with an indigo pigment grown in my village in France. The red was evident to scream out the words. When I pulled the print I could see the Union colors but this was not at all pre-meditated. The making of the entire piece was a visceral process for me and something that I felt I owed to her since my childhood.