series is a return to working with the collography process. This process
is relatively recent in the history of printmaking, perhaps just fifty
years old at this time. It's a more primitive printmaking process which
is extremely open to invention. The standard procedure seems to be to
begin with a matboard base of about the same thickness as a copper or
zinc etching plate. This cardboard is then altered via innumerable methods
to create the relief necessary to print the plate in the same way etching
plates are printed--by pushing ink into the recesses and cleaning the
top surface of the plate before running it through the press to transfer
ink to paper. The plate can be scratched, cut, objects can be glued to
the plate--any number of approaches which create textures which will help
retain the ink necesary for printing. The process tends not to be used
for super realistic approaches to art although qualities which resemble
realist drawing can be created with collographs.
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