States is a collection of thirty individual woodcut prints created over the duration of 2007. The collection was developed employing the “reduction method”, a process used within the practice of relief printing. Reduction method consists of printing multiple layers over each other, with the plate being progressively reworked between each step of the process.
Whitehead has used this process to record the genesis of States as well as the gradual deterioration of the printing plate over time. The negative space steadily encroaches across the surface of the prints, with each printed layer representative of strata that reveals pivotal moments throughout the evolution of the series.
Finn Whitehead holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Victorian College of the Arts.