About The Artist:
There is a phrase from the Russian-born writer Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, that I cannot help but remember in relation to the work of the esteemed Spanish sculptor Miguel Berrocal.1 When asked about his writing method, Nabokov asserted that he always proceeded with “the precision of an artist and the intuition of a scientist.” When the interviewer suggested that the author had mistakenly reversed the terms, Nabokov insisted...
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About The Medium:
The printing process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio (incised) in the metal. In traditional pure etching, a metal (usually copper, zinc or steel) plate is covered with a waxy ground which is resistant to acid. The artist then scratches off the ground with a pointed etching needle where they want a line to appear in the finished piece, exposing the bare metal. The plate is then put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of paper (often moistened to soften it). The paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print.