Portfolio > Solar Etchings

The Garcia Sisters
Solar Etching
Closer to the Bone
Mixed media monoprint
Blue
Solar etching
Deluge
Solar etching
Restraint of Desire
Mixed media monoprint
Protected
Mixed media monoprint
Sold
Reproduction
Solar etching
Communion
Mixed media monoprint
Mariela/Weight
Mixed media monoprint
Confirmation
Mixed media monoprint
Conception
Solar etching
Early Learning
Mixed media monoprint
Venus Envy
Mixed media monoprint
The Three Forceps
Mixed media monoprint
Pre-Existing Condition
Mixed media monoprint
Probity
Mixed media monoprint
Fertility
Solar etching
Politics
Solar etching
Erector Set
Mixed media monoprint
Empathy
Mixed media monoprint
Sold
Requiescat
Mixed media monoprint
Pentimenti
Mixed media monoprint
All Things Invited
Mixed media monoprint

In the first series on this page, I have created artworks that combine close-up details of nature with portraits of Albuquerque women from the early 1900's. Each separate image conveys its own meaning, but together they imply new narratives and relationships, raising questions about the fragility of environment, memory, and culture.

The second series, beginning with the print entitled Statute of Limitations, was inspired by recent political attacks on women's reproductive rights. All of the titles were taken from current news articles about gender politics.

The prints in the third series contrast appreciation of the beauty of nature with my growing concern about human-caused global climate change.

Technical Notes:
Monoprints and Solar Etchings

Solar etching is a printmaking process. A digital photographic image is made, either shot originally with a digital camera or scanned from film. Then a positive transparency of the image is printed on the computer. The transparency is sandwiched with a light-sensitive plate called a solarplate, and exposed to light. It is then developed with water, which washes out the unexposed areas. The plate is inked and run through a conventional printmaking press. I often combine the original photographic images with drawings, collage, colored inks, inkjet prints, and chine colle papers, creating one-of-a-kind mixed media monoprints.

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