James Dormer

James Dormer

Fort Collins, CO
17 KM Da Arezzoi I, Drill Point
12 x16

Over the past several years many of my intaglio prints have been made using the drill point process. As the name implies, drill point utilizes an electric power tool with carbide or diamond points to cut into the copper or plexiglass, creating gouges with drypoint-like burrs on the edges. One of the earliest American printmakers to use this process was Bernard Childs (1910-1985), who created dynamic, abstract images with an electric power tool. From my earliest prints, I have been intrigued by the immediate, gestural, surprising marks that are afforded with this process. My images are generally printed on Rives BFK paper using a black intaglio ink that I make in my studio. Wiping is by tarlatan and hand. “17 KM Da Arezzo” I was created with a Foredom Power Tool and represents aspects of automatism, nature, memory and the subconscious.