These are woodblocks with the addition of gold leaf and rubbings and collage. They are inspired by the clean and clear rivers of the Mt. Washington Valley in New Hampshire where I arrived as a transient and stayed for the prime of my life, the next thirty years, becoming a business owner and ‘local’. Rivers figured prominently in that long ago and golden time. It must have rained some of that first summer, but in my eternal memory, the sun is always shining, my feet are in a cold river and I am laughing with friends, as we listen to the sound of the river passing over rocks on its way to the sea.
Sui Witherell grew up on a farm in New Hampshire riding horses and drawing horses. She studied the humanities at Boston University and plant science at the University of New Hampshire. She married an artist and they spent twenty three years owning and operating a commercial greenhouse in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. That work was an exercise in observation and a reason plant material figures so prominently in her imagery. Seed, sprout, bulb, even the delicate veins of leaves in death served as sources of inspiration. Sui studied printmaking in summer workshops at Montserrat, Haystack, Zea Mays and Bennington. Taking a Mono-Printing workshop with Catharine Kernan at Bennington in 1990 became pivotal when Catharine encouraged her to use the facilities in Somerville, Ma. at her cooperative printing studio Mixit. Sui printed there for ten years before moving to Maine in 2002. She lives in the Downeast region of the state on a pink granite shore, mulches her gardens with seaweeed, and prints on her Takach press. She joined Peregrine Press in 2009 and her work is in the latest portfolio project, “Local Conditions’ in 2013. Her latest work is included in Art Celebrates Place, Tin Mt. Albany, N.H.