Sergio Gonzalez-Tornero

Sergio Gonzalez-Tornero

Mahopac, NY
SRAANA, Drypoint
17 x 21

Clamp a zinc plate onto a stout table. With the point of a sharp scraper, carve intersecting furrows in all directions, and with the edge of the scraper, make corrections, and burnish the surfaces around the scraped areas. This is a most satisfying direct action, akin to sculpture, aiming at the creation of an abstract form with an implied three-dimensionality. Ink the plate with cadmium red printer’s ink (wear gloves, it is a beautiful color, but toxic) and print, passing through the press twice to achieve a luminous image with a transcendental ambition. Let the spirit guide you, in my case it is “SRAANA”, a spirit of one of the First Nations of the Northwest Coast, the Haida, on whose culture I base some of my recent work.