From the Artist
“I was interested in the juxtaposition of the Radicchio next to the lambsquarters. Lambsquarters is known to be an invasive foraged weed. The weed is an elegant form in silhouette.”
About the Artwork
Radicchio, an 8 color screenprint by Sarah Fairchild, showcases a bright pink and burgundy blooming perennial leaf vegetable.
In Radicchio, Sarah Fairchild has surrounded the title plant with lambsquarters in a romantic arrangement. The Radicchio beams in its neon tone, front and center like a rose. The lambsquarters fill out the arrangement as if it were the flower baby’s breath. This glamorization of hearty vegetables is typical of Sarah Fairchild’s work. Plants, and specifically vegetables, hold special significance for Fairchild, who grew up gardening with her family and eating primarily food they grew themselves. In her words, “The weed is an elegant form in silhouette.”
About the Process
Haystack works with both traditional printmakers and digital printers to ensure each artist’s print reflects the most important aspects of their studio practice. Radicchio was printed in collaboration with the artist and Forth Estate at Axelle Editions (a renowned printmaking studio active from 2005 – 2015). Each print was created by silkscreen printing (also known as serigraphy). This method requires stenciling techniques wherein ink is pressed onto paper through deliberately exposed areas of a mesh screen one color at a time.