Etching Blog

Residency- some etching techniques

copper plates blocking out ready to aquatint
copper plates blocking out ready to aquatint
aquatinting foreground
aquatinting foreground
after equating washed off ready to proof print
after equating washed off ready to proof print
first print
first print

Larger Zinc Plates

zinc plate before soap ground with blocked out area
zinc plate before soap ground with blocked out area
using soap ground on large zinc plate of carrier
using soap ground on large zinc plate of carrier
blocking out carrier print to spit bit
blocking out carrier print to spit bit
first proof
first proof

Day 1,2 and 3 of Residency at the Maison de Gravure / Montpellier

working on Songs of Nature series and Carrier ideas . These are all fairly small 29 x39 cm zinc plates na d 20x 25cm copper plates. The copper I have really enjoyed using – much more responsive to the delicate drawing – on both i have experimented with white soap ground on short bit times to try and get a meter more diverse aquatint. This week also i went out drawing directly onto the plates by the waterfalls in the gard – near Ganges. Whilst there I had a meeting with an otter – who came right up to me to check me out – it was actually snowing but you cant see that in the pictures.

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week 2 and 3

Worked on small Copper plates – partly exploring techniques with soap and the idea of empty shacks/ tree houses. working on copper was so much better than Zinc, the line much more sensitive. All aquatints were using Edinburough etch rather than Nitric – which I would have preferred, but was not an option for me at the Atelier here.

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Week 4 and 5

After drawing at the waterfalls near Gange a few weeks before I wanted to continue with a zinc etching for the Songs of Nature series (using Braille holes). I made 3 plates but only one was really any good . Based on a fish trap that I saw in the river. I printed it in black on paper with gradating colours . In the end I used Blue / black and double printed .

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week 5 and 6

Began work on the large plate. The disused Greenhouse and farm up the road is going to be a constant source of inspiration for me this summer.  What interested me initially is the idea of the outside being inside this fragile structure. I wanted to somehow experiment with this structure in print – using predominantly a linear approach.

Drawing up the large zinc plate was very time consumming – through the hard ground. It took all day to get it right. I left the hard ground with its faults – which I wanted to become part of the etching and I knew the acid would bit through.  Again colour needed to become part of this piece and as I had just worked on 2 large drawings for Bearspace Gallery in London i decided to use gradated pre coloured paper – rather than my chin colle gradated paper.

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Last week of Residency

working on etching a smaller version of Greenhouse plate and a new version of Greenhouse, Havent yet worked out how it will be shown.

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plates with soap before aquatint and sugar lift for foreground and first print.

Chin collé workshop 2017

Chine Collé workshop

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CHINE COLLÉ WORKSHOP

Image 30-01-17 at 09.11 We used Akua Inks on ply – Kozo Paper and Gampi and Dry point.IMG_6678 Image 30-01-17 at 09.11 IMG_6691 Image 30-01-17 at 12.36 (2) Image 30-01-17 at 12.37 IMG_6692 IMG_6682 IMG_6681 IMG_6690 IMG_6680 My first workshop in French ! had a few problems with explaining over and under ! great class we worked on wood and kozo papers first then when dry cut and used rice glue to put the papers through the press for chine collé. Everyone was very excited with the technique.    Photos at the Maison de Gravure Montpellier. IMG_6677

Working/ showing in France

The Residency at the Maison de Gravure has meant that I have been hard at work for the last 2 months on and off , talking about my work and making it alongside all the other Artists that use the Atellier, and today I was asked to show in The Sud Estamp exhibition here in Montpellier to be The Artist to show at the Maison De Graveur. That was a great moment for me to be finally accepted and appreciated here.  Also to be written about in French ! thank god  I dont have to do the translations and i’ll have something written by a French speaker.

Another Gallery in Aubusson the Gallerie Des Marches has also offered me a show next month – so it looks like things are finally changing for me here. Now I have the problem of who will come to the private view ! and my opening speeches – which is the norm here , everyone has to give an introductory talk ,  often after the mayor or some other local Art patron … not all cut and dried then yet.

victoria in the print studio

Barcelona opening

100 Artists make prints 21 x 21 cm

The Original Expo
TRIENAL INTERNACIONAL
DE GRABADO CONTEMPORÁNEO
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11/ 2/ 2016 – 3/ 4/ 2016
Inauguración jueves 11/ 2/ 2016 19:30hDOMINIQUE ALIADIÈRE · ÉRIC FOURMESTRAUX · CATHERINE GILLET · ANNE PAULUS · BRIGITTE PAZOT
REBECCA ALLAIGRE · MARIE ALLEMAND · SUZIE ALLEN · JOLANTA ANTON · VICTORIA ARNEY · JÖELLE ARNUT · MICHÈLE ATMAN · CLAIRE AUSZENKIER · MARIA BACARDIT · FRÉDÉRIQUE BADONNEL · ALBERTO BALLETTI · HÉLÈNE BAUMEL · AGATHE BOUTON · ROSA BURDEOS · CLAUDE BUREAU · PETER CHAAK · PAUL CHAMARD · RUNG TSU CHANG · FLORENCE CHAPUIS · MARÍA CHILLÓN · JEANNE CLAUTEAUX-REBILLAUD · NÚRIA CORRETGÉ · SOPHIE COURTANT · ALESSANDRA DALLA ROSA · HÉLÈNE DAMVILLE · ELISE DARTMOUR · MARTINE DE BAECQUE · ISABELLE DELAMARRE · SOPHIE DOMONT · YANNICK DUBLINEAU · JÖELLE DUMONT · NADIA DUTHOO · MANFRED EGGER · CHRISTINA FRANCE · JUTTA FRICKE · MERCEDES GARCÍA · CHISTINE GENDRE-BERGERE · GIOVANNI GORINI · MARILYSE GOULET · ISABELLE GOURCEROL · PASCALE GRIMPARD · MARIE LAURE GUEGUEN · CLAUDE H · LAURA HERRAIZ · JAKUB HONETSCHLÄGER · CLAIRE ILLOUZ · MICHELE JAMES · TOM JOSEPH · MEHRDAD KHATAEI · PAULEEN K · MAGALI KERAUDREN · EKIN KIRIMKAN · XIMENA DE LEÓN LUCERO · JANA LOTTENBURGER · RÉBECCA LOULOU · LUCE · BEA MAHAN · CLAUDE MALCHIODI · LAURA MANFREDI · MONTSE MARCET · ODILE MASSART · FLORENCE MENET-PÉLISSON · SONIA MERINO · DOMINIQUE MOINDRAUT · ISABEL MOUTTET · MARÍA NUÑEZ · CLARA OLIVA · OLIVIER OLTO · LILIANE PADOY-CHEVREAU · DENISE PELLETIER · PASCALE PERGE · ANDREA PUERTAS · SUZY QUIRKE · GHISLAINE RECTEM · CÉCILE RESCAN · MARIA ANTONIA RIBERA · ISABELLE ROBY · ELVIRA RODRIGUEZ · CHISTIANE ROY · ANNE-MARIE RUBI · LILIANE SAFIR · AUGUSTO SAMPAIO · JULIA SANCHEZ MONTEIS · GEORGIANA SAVUTA · SHIRLEY SHAROFF · ANNA SHIBANOVA · PASCALE SIMONET · WERONIKA SIUPKA · ALEXIS SONDAG · MARIE-LIESSE SZTUKA · AKIRA TOKUDA · CAROLINE VEITH · MANUEL VERMEIRE · THIERRY WESEL

Songs of Nature Prints Jan / Feb 2016

Etchings with braille and florescent card.

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Waterfalls from old postcards were used as a theme -of time and forceful invisibility. The inverse braille which are lines from Laurie Anderson songs acts as a kind of hidden code incorporated into the landscapes, sometimes referring to other spaces and sometimes descriptional but readable.

Je me concentre sur les chutes d’eau comme un thème de temps et d’invisibilité forte beaucoup seront des eaux-fortes doubles où je déplacer les plaques comme je l’impression pour augmenter ce sens de l’invisibilité. Presque sur le bord de la reconnaissance.

Le braille agit comme une sorte de code caché incorporé dans les paysages, se référant parfois à d’autres espaces et parfois descriptifs. Ils ont mots qui bien des  chansons de Laurie Anderson ( Artiste American )

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New work at London Group show on London

This is a series of photographs that are on show at The Cello factory – Waterloo from 27 Feb – 12 March

I got permission to spend a few hours in the empty swimming pool and leisure centre in lewisham to make this piece. The building is standing empty ready to be knocked down and I am interested in photographing it as it is demolished and this was the first stage in that process. These are digital prints and they could become part of a more complex instillation between drawing and knowing a space . This leisure centre has been part of my own life with my children and we have visited and swam there many times and to enter the space in its now dry useless capacity was eerie. In my research for this piece I discovered that it was the pool used in the killing scene for the film – The Long Good Friday.

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Bainbridge Show Oct 2013

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The show at the Embassy Tea Gallery was part of Art Licks weekend and an opportunity to see how the pieces related to eachother  in a large space.  – working through print and drawing.
This was an award to 2 graduating artists in 2013.