Malgorzata Zurakowska

Malgorzata Zurakowska

Lexington, MA
Apocalypse – Angel of Prey, Mezzotint
26 x 18

The magic of mezzotint starts with a meditative process. First, for hours one listens to the mantric sound of a moving rocker: spiky tool, which gradually changes the mirror polished copperplate into a velvety surface. Then follow endless hours as the image is forced from a profound darkness, bringing it to life, by adding more and more light. If light is becoming too dazzling, some already burnished areas have to be re-rocked and pushed back to the darkness… and the process of pulling out light starts all over. There is no one recipe for the perfect image. Before the delicate balance between light and shadow is achieved, every possible tool is brought into action: burnishers, scrapers, burins, even rockers are used as drawing tools. Still, no matter how the process is mastered, every decision is a “miracle of becoming”. Light emerging from darkness, evoking the all-permeating blueprint of creation – that’s the magic of mezzotint.