Annie Banks is an organizer/artist in Berkeley, California, on Ohlone territories. Annie is an active member of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners and the Anti Police-Terror Project and is a student at Goddard College. Annie has been a printmaker since high school. 

“The role of cultural workers is important in our movements for justice.” 

Print #4: "A river of history"

Print #4: "A river of history"

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Title: "A river of history"

Medium: Original linocut print, ink on paper, 8 x 10 inches

Artist: Annie Banks

Date: October 2017

I created this linocut after my interview with Donna Willmott, where she used this phrase a few times. The minute that I heard her say it, I could feel the inspiration swell in my chest. To think of our movements as part of a greater river of history felt so powerful. It immediately makes me thinking of a number of things: the millions of people before us - and after us - we started and will continue struggles for justice, the immense power and also healing qualities of water, and the possibility inherent in reaching back and forward for connection and inspiration with our ancestors and our descendants.

Usually, I use photographs for reference with linocuts but this one I didn’t need to. It was like the image was already fully formed in my head. I just let it come out through my tools. I hoped that the rocks/stars along the edge of the river would also suggest that this could be an intergalactic river, like the Milky Way.

Sources:

Willmott, D. (2017, October 28). Personal communication.

Interview #3: Donna Willmott

Interview #3: Donna Willmott

Interview #2: Rob McBride

Interview #2: Rob McBride