Judith Heller Cassell

Judith Heller Cassell

Rochester, NH
The Receiving Room, White Ground Etching
20.75 x 16.5

“The Receiving Room” is a white ground etching.

White ground is a paste (that is somewhat acid resistant) composed of linseed oil, titanium white oil paint and powdered detergent. Using the ground, an image is painted on a metal plate. After the plate dries, it is bathed in acid. When the desired effect is achieved (timing is crucial) the plate is removed, cleaned, inked, wiped, and placed image side up on an etching press. Damp paper is placed over the plate and both are covered with felt blankets before being rolled though the press. The pressure of the rollers forces the inked image onto the paper.

I enjoy the painterly technique and the surprises that always surface when printed.