Home > Anne Appleby > Wildwood Press > Mulberry
Mulberry by Anne Appleby

Mulberry by Anne Appleby

Wildwood Press

Relief Print


Edition Size: 10 Edition Various

Image Size: 76h x 50w inches

Sheet Size: 76h x 50w inches


Condition: Pristine

Details — Click to read

Each time a new artist is invited to Wildwood Press we expect the first visit to be a week in which we all “play”.  It is a time during which an artist learns what it is that Wildwood Press does, and in turn we learn what it will take to meet the challenge of the artist’s primary work.

In the late summer of 2008, after nearly two years of correspondence and preparation, Anne Appley arrived at Wildwood Press in St. Louis to “play.” But within an hour of beginning, Anne had identified the strategy that would lead to the five extraordinary works  – layers of sheer handmade paper saturated front and back with color.

As is her practice, Anne deconstructs her subject. When she arrived at Wildwood Press, she knew that Sweet Pea would be her focus. But working like a site-specific artist, Anne quickly grew the project. For example, when she learned that our handmade paper was made using Kozo fibers gathered from the fast growing Mulberry tree, she had the jumping off point to create the work Mulberry.  In this case, the Mulberry tree’s life cycle became her deconstructed subject – from the fragile pink spring stems of the greenest leaves and the white blossoms kissed with yellow to the ripening berries and the bright yellow leaves of fall.  Mulberry is composed of six double-paged panels of kozo paper each printed front and back, capturing the saturated colors of Anne’s illusive and elegant work.

And so it would evolve with the works Stone, Red/Green and Mother E.  By the time Anne completed her week of “play” five amazing pieces were completed. And Anne Appleby moved into the company of the great colorists who have visited and printed at Wildwood Press.


Maryanne Ellison Simmons

Publisher and Master Printer


The Artist

Anne Appleby

Anne Appleby (b. 1954, Harrisburg, PA) studied at Philadelphia College of Art before relocating to Montana in 1971, subsequently earning her BFA at the University of Montana, Missoula, and eventually establishing a studio and residence in the sparsely populated community of Jefferson City. In addition to receiving her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1989, Appleby’s educational background includes a fifteen-year apprenticeship with Ojibwa artist and holy man Ed Barbeau, with whom she learned and refined processes of intense meditative awareness in nature. The tenor of Appleby’s work reflects the sensation of that observational practice and resides at the core of her philosophical approach to painting.

Read more

More Anne Appleby prints at Wildwood Press

See More

More prints at Wildwood Press

View Gallery