A line etching on Rives BFK heavyweight paper. Image size is 8 x 10 inches, paper is 11 x 15. From a series of drawings, prints and paintings about nest-like structures.
This was done by coating a zinc plate with liquid ground, then after drying, drawing into the surface, and etching it in an acid bath for a few minutes. Later ink was applied to the plate and wiped off. The ink remaining in the etched grooves revealed the image. Etching is an involved process but the result is worthwhile and you end up with distinct characteristics like no other art medium, particularly the line quality.
My current work is often engaged with metaphorical images of nests and webs. Their intricately woven textured forms appeal to me not only aesthetically but also because they represent creation, interconnectedness, and community. I'm striving to create a visual representation of how these nurturing, delicate environments are constructed, and what happens when they fall apart due to natural processes or human neglect.
In each image there also lies a tension between the desire for freedom vs. protection, the forces of light and dark, between the needs of the whole and those of the individual. I make these pictures to remind myself of the fragility and intricacy of life, and the fact we are all delicately but profoundly bound to the world and other life forms, both visible and invisible. I hope the viewer, through a process of unhurried observation, will find it rewarding to contemplate this too.
zinc plate, etching press, paper, ink