The Mark Smith Symbol
My symbol--what printmakers call a “chop”--is initially inspired by the small, red artists’ symbols on Japanese ukiyo-e woodcuts. Contemporary artists, master printers and publishing shops now use blind-embossed chops on original prints and other works on paper.
I designed my chop to include two themes. The surrounding line is a snake eating its own tail, which is the ouroboros, an ancient emblem of regeneration, wholeness, and infinity. The interior represents the grasslands of the great plains where I grew up. These images combine the micro and the macro of life, and the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.