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Printmaking: Etching on Paper.
Whether permanent or temporary, separation from someone you love often brings up intense emotions. We’ve all experienced it – be it our parents, a lover, a friend. It causes changes in our perceptions of the world, but also in the sense of our identity. It’s a vital part of personal evolution, so we could potentially feel extended when we experience it, yet the default reaction is loss and grief.
Editon number 4/10 is available for sale.
All materials used are archival quality.
This print is made on 250gsm Stonehenge Printmaking Paper. Colour wash is added by hand, using Sennelier drawing inks.
All my etching plates are created by transferring a drawing onto a plate using the direct-to-plate method. Polymer etching is a non-toxic process. A thin metal plate, covered with light sensitive polymer is a way of making an ink on paper intaglio print from sketches, using water-etched polymer plates. I’m attracted to it because of the fact that I could start doing it with the minimum of tools, using the sun and in my home studio. Moreover what attracts me to it is the almost infinite amount of gradients and tones that I can get with it.
The photogravure process suits my aesthetic and printmaking allows me to add and show the artist’s hand in the finished print. The printmaking process adds something that I wouldn’t be able to achieve through a digital print of a sketch.
My work is pictorial - it’s about evoking emotion or telling a story, but also about beauty. Everything has two sides - even heavy subject matter. Rather than documenting concrete events, I care more about how things are experienced or feel.