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Printmaking: Aquatint, Drypoint, Etching, Oil, Ink on Paper, Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Other.
This is the last of four editions. This work was etched and printed by the artist in 2017 at The Center for Works on Paper, which is on the Philadelphia campus of The Fleisher Art Memorial. The double-image etching was executed on two zinc metal plates, and DiFalco employed the techniques of Intaglio, Aquatint, and Drypoint. Five separate baths in a Nitric-acid solution was used to arrive at the final, desired image, which is based on the Forsyth Park Fountain in Savannah, Georgia, USA. DiFalco based his original drawing for the print on a photograph taken in either 1939 or 1944 by artist Frances Benjamin Johnson (born 1864-died 1952), one of the first openly lesbian photographers of her day. Johnson’s photo is a part of the US Library of Congress, in the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South Collection. Note: Call Number is LC-J7-GA- 1195, Prints &Pictures Department. DiFalco frequently uses multiple plates to produce one printed image; in this work he etched on two separate plates (each measuring seven inches wide by five inches high or 17.780cm by 12.700cm) to produce the image’s top and bottom halves, what he calls a vertical diptych and also resembles seeing the scene through a window. A blend of colors was applied to the plate before mixing and wiping; DiFalco used French, oil-based etching inks (Charbonnel brand from Paris) and printed on RivesBFK white paper. The overall image size is about ten-inches high by seven-inches wide; the framed and matted printing measures eleven-inches by fourteen inches. This Savannah Fountain was made famous in the film MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL (directed by Clint Eastwood). As noted in pencil under the image’s bottom edge, this is the second best print out of the five etchings in this edition, which is EDITION ONE (2/3; I/V) of FIVE.
THIS PRICE INCLUDES: THE MATTED ETCHING IN AN ARCHIVAL MAT; A FRAME (11 inch x 14 inch. Type – Glass & Wood Edge / Semi-Ornate Style, Color - Black); ALL HANDLING COSTS; SHIPMENT COSTS; CARDBOARD SHIPMENT CARTON; BUBBLE WRAP & OTHER PACKING MATERIALS; AND, A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY. The work is wired and ready to hang. Framing includes a brown craft paper backing. A wall hook and nail are included.
The Chine Collé Process Explained: Methyl cellulose powder is reconstituted by mixing it with spring water and then applying the clear viscous substance to hand-dyed mulberry-bark paper from Thailand (Brand Unryu); In Japan, Unryu translates as CLOUD DRAGON paper because it has long swirling threads of kozo fibers integrated in it, thereby giving the texture and visual effect of clouds. (Kozo fibers come the branches of the kozo bush, specifically the innermost of three layers of bark, which must be removed, cooked, and beaten before the sheets are formed. Kozo is harvested annually.) The treated Thai paper is then allowed to dry overnight and I cut it to fit the plate areas where I want color to exist in the print. These stenciled mulberry-bark papers are first dampened/misted with water and placed upon the already inked and wiped etching plate. The printing process continues, and a multi-colored image on paper is created. This hand-done process is a difficult and laborious one, which I do myself every step of the way.
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