Alison Hildreth

Alison Hildreth

Portland, ME
Dead Ends, Etching and Woodblock/Chine Colle
18 x 22.75

I start with shaped, etched copper plates. The first two are printed as intaglios and run through the press. The third is rolled as a relief and printed. I mixed the ink with a lot of transparent base for these three plates. The forth step is a spoon rubbed woodcut on the right hand side of the print. The next spoon rubbed woodcut is a brown shape, which defines the sixth step which is a woodcut of the black outline of the fortress. The last wood block printed in red is registered to fall inside the black block. I printed on senka-shi Japanese paper, which I ran through the press as a chine collé onto Rives BFK.

I use transparent base to build up layers, which are held together by a “matrix,” in this case a woodcut. The black fortress imposed on the other transparent layers reinforces the idea of dominance.