Yeux Derriere des Voiles, Line etching and Aquatint
17.5 x 20.5
In this work of 2008–“Yeux derriere des voiles” (Translation: Eyes behind veils)–I have employed the traditional printmaking processes of line etching and aquatint which are my favored techniques.
With a copperplate covered with an acid resistant ground, lines are drawn with a needle-like instrument to expose the copper–lines which later become grooves below the plate surface when submerged in acid. The areas of lineless value are created by fine particles of aquatint–fused temporarily by heat to the plate–which when exposed to the acid create dot-like depressions.
When the copperplate image is completed, ink is forced into the recesses created by both techniques and the untouched surface is wiped clean of it. A mechanical press then pushes the ink remaining onto a dampened sheet of paper producing the image you