From the end of May to the beginning of June, I enjoyed working at Northern Print in Newcastle upon Tyne. The studio, with a full suite of printmaking facilities awards a residency prize at each Biennale. I was fulfilling 2014’s prize and was lucky to overlap with 2016’s awardee Lisa Andrén. Above, testing three copper plates at 100% black for the newest edition. Below, the ferric chloride corner:
Powdered pigment for ink mixing:
Aquatinted plates, clean and ready:
Finding the time:
I’ve been making ceramic Möbius strips to use as models for a new portrait series and these 3D “sketches” are starting to accumulate in the studio. With each iteration, I learn more about the form and discover ways in which it can be elaborated. Above: the “sketchbucket,” which casts a continuum of gestural shadows throughout the day and below: some individual portraits.
Happy Holidays! (from Mobius models on the studio floor and prepped copper plates in the afternoon light) May your days be merry and bright.
The second of the Paradox Portraits: inked copper plate post-printing. The circular reflection in the upper image is the overhead lamp, which makes almost any figure look like an icon from a certain angle.
some late night plate cleaning
the inked copper plate before printing