This print by David Blackwood took me instantly to a haunting image in Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News, the scene where ancestors of the novel’s main character haul a house across the ice with ropes in the gray winter of Newfoundland. Black Ice, a Blackwood exhibit, captures the inhospitable nature of Newfoundland and records the search for survival of its people. Blackwood’s beautiful works, especially of the sea, explain the hardships of life in an exposed and hostile environment.
The Print: Hauling Job Sturges House, 1979. Etching and aquatint.