Carol Wilhide Justin: ‘A Fold of the Sea’

‘A Fold of the Sea”

Japanese Woodcut


“The inside is an operation of the outside…an inside which is merely the fold of the outside, as if the ship were a folding of the sea’ (Gilles Deleuze ‘Foucault” Continuum 1999)

I liked this paradox. Memory is also described as a fold.

I folded my print this way, a fold becoming ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ as Madeleine L’Engle called it in her science fantasy novel that I remembered reading as a child.


I had taken photographs of some peeling paint on a door, and of the Thames at Bankside. I liked the mutability of the wood grain and the water looking similar though one is solid and the other liquid.

The print was made as a Japanese Woodcut I cut the wood grain and sea together and printed it by hand with a baren, using watercolour pigment instead of oil based inks. In this way a more nuanced effect is produced contrasting with the certainties of the cut line.

I had read about a Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura who had devised a fold for solar panels on space flight.

Carol Wilhide Justin


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