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Printmaker Holly Meade lives and works in Sedgwick, Maine and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work for the past several years has focused on woodcut, creating appealing images – animals, mermaids, people, birds – that call out to our imaginations.
“The way the personality of the wood participates in the image, the surface tension and inclination toward pattern it encourages, are aspects of this medium I find particularly engaging. There is a sort of elegant, raw honesty that comes through in block prints.”
Art…its true effort is to open to us dimensions of the spirit that normally lie smothered under the weight of living.
“This quote begins to describe my interest in creating images, the desire to uncover the life beneath our lives, that dimension of spiritual integrity that I believe lives in each of us. An uncovering that will never end, and never really uncover.”
Illustrating, and sometimes writing children’s books is Meade’s other focus. Since she illustrated her first book in 1992, thirty-five books have followed, a number of which have received recognition, notably a Caldecott Honor award and the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Creative Writing.