Liz Born is a Chicago-based painter and printmaker. Recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she currently teaches and prints at Spudnik Press, a co-operative print-shop in Ukrainian Village. Though versed in everything from watercolor to screen-printing, her heart belongs only to the Reduction Woodcut, sometimes called the “suicide woodcut,” a process in which one woodblock is carved and printed progressively to create multiple layers of color from the same matrix. Because the woodblock is destroyed in the process of making the print, each edition is limited, and can never be reprinted. Born draws on evolutionary biology and science fiction alike in her prints, exploring hybridization, inter-species allegory, and the possibility of reverse evolution. Her most recent series, “Dimorphisms,” addresses gender-based mutations in the animal kingdom. You can find her work online at www.higada.com.