If You Have No Eye: The Making

The David Krut Print Workshop team is at it again, making William Kentridge’s linocut tree IF YOU HAVE NO EYE.


The tree is made of individual, non-archival dictionary pages that are printed with various parts of the tree and then meticulously put together like pieces of a puzzle, with overlapping pages and small, torn trimmings inserted into the complete work. Some pieces get loosely torn while others are cut with a blade for a sharp edge.

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It starts with the text or design inversely carved onto a linoleum tile whose surface then gets inked.

lino tile

lino tiles 2

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A dictionary page is placed on the inked surface and they are both run through a press for the ink to be transferred from the lino to the paper.

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kim machine paper plate

The non-archival quality of the paper does not allow for the ink’s absorption. As a result the transferred image is glossy and stands out against the matte paper.  The printed dictionary pages are left to dry over a period of time that is dependent on the weather.


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Once the ink has dried the pages are cut/torn and strategically taped on the unprinted side, ready for assembling.


The tree is put together using a transparent sheet with a map of where each piece should go.









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