Caroline M. Thorington

Caroline M. Thorington

Bethesda, MD
Contemplating Betelgeuse, Lithography, Chine Colle, and Digital Writing
18 x 21

“Contemplating Betelgeuse”, is a lithograph about puns and contemplation. The imagery is full of fireflies and dung beetles, a glass of juice and a young woman gazing at Orion – all of which might be seen on a summer’s night. The simple script of background writing adds a reflective note to the print. Bound together, they recall the essence of summer. It is for the viewer to discover the puns and contemplate them or to only see the objects and enjoy them.

The techniques used to create “Contemplating Betelgeuse” span several Centuries of printmaking knowledge. They are: Lithography (tusche water washes, razor blades and litho crayon), Chine Collé and Digital Writing. Lithography, literally “stone writing”, is a 19th Century technique. Chine Collé, the oldest, is a form of collage used in printmaking. Digital Writing is a new form of technology that uses a 21st Century computer and
ten digits.