Ulu, open edition, black & White, original hand-pulled block print by Caren Loebel-Fried.
Signed and titled at the bottom of the print in pencil.
Presented in black window matte, backed by a white acid-free board, and packaged in a clear re-sealable art bag with a description on the back.
Breadfruit was once a staple food crop for the people of Hawai‘i. There is a legend from Ka‘awaloa, Kona, that tells about the great god Kū living among the people as a man. When famine struck, Kū buried himself in the earth and his wife wet the soil with her tears. A magnificent breadfruit tree sprouted from the top of Kū’s head, and Kū’s wife shared sprouts that grew from the base of the tree. Soon breadfruits were spread across the land, and all the people had ‘ulu to eat. And so this was the gift of Kū.
The story and art are from Caren’s book Hawaiian Legends of the Guardian Spirits published by University of Hawai`i Press.
You can learn more about Caren and her artistic process here.