"LOADED" is a companion book to a series of woodblock prints on the topic of money. The series uses imagery found on the US dollar bill and common cliches in the English language to look at our ambivalence about money's power to both redeem and destroy. Also included is an open edition of 'currency' that celebrates parts of the economy that are usually ignored by economists in their calculations about value and worth: the gifts of our planet that sustain all our activities, and values like community, love, and forgiveness.
Annie Bissett is a Massachusetts-based artist who works primarily with Japanese-style woodblock prints (moku hanga). Her work has been shown in a number of printmaking venues including Boston Printmakers Biennial, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, the Print Center in Philadelphia, IPCNY in New York, and the International Mokuhanga Conference in Kyoto Japan. She is represented by Cullom Gallery in Seattle, where she had her first solo show in 2008. More of Annie's work can be seen at her web site or on her blog, Woodblock Dreams.