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Familiar, n. In European folklore, familiar spirits (“familiars”) are supernatural entities believed to assist witches and cunning folk in their practice of magic.
Salida, Colorado printmaker Sherrie York finds her best relationships develop on foot. Inspired by almost a decade of wandering trails throughout Chaffee County, the woodcuts and linocuts included in “Familiars” represent places and creatures York knows well– and that she likes to believe know her, too.
The natural world is replete with wonders and relief printmaking, whilst not precisely magic, certainly has its moments of mystery and inexplicable surprise. From iconic waterfowl to intricate tangles of fallen leaves, the familiars haunting the Arkansas River valley inspire York to carve a place for herself in the landscape.