Sentience was recently selected to participate in the Contemporary Northwest Print Invitational at Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA., August 2019. I’m particularly pleased with the background. It’s what etchers call a “happy mistake”.
There are so many colors and textures beneath the waves. Planning this I walked along the beach, went to the aquarium and of course perused the library. After all that I still spent several days moving my sketched objects around the plate. Two plates were used. The upper green formation is a kale leaf and the bottom is a type of moss.
This etching was an experiment. I used the back of a copper sheet found in the recycle. It was deeply etched where the acid had eaten around the masking tape used to protect the back. I just kept adding lines to the plate until I decided I had better quit. I added the embossing because it fit in a frame better. This was my first embossing experience – but you will see more of it in my later prints.