Artist Statement

My approach to the Ink for Alaska project began as an attempt to capture the awesome expanse and natural beauty of the Alaskan frontier and the importance of keeping it pristine and untouched. It quickly became clear that in my medium of relief printmaking I would not be able to communicate fully these ideas and feelings of awe and wonder along with concepts of preservation and protection. With this in mind, I needed to edit and simplify, removing elements of earlier compositions. I was left with the majestic mountains of Alaska, and as I continued to finalize the artwork they seemed to stand as an imposing barrier between our human footprint and the unspoiled wilderness beyond; sentinels asking us to pause and consider our role in conservancy. For now, the awesome expanse will have to remain beyond the horizon and hopefully we can reflect on the message of the sentinels.

David C. Young's Submissions