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The Square Optics series was created in 2019 as part of a scholarship I received from the Australian Print Workshop. In 12 months I created a suite of 40 original etchings that are all unique and 1 of 1. I have 22 remaining.

These prints are creating using a 17th Century printmaking technique called Aquatint. This technique allows the artist to create tonal variations in blocked areas. It is created by putting a clean copper plate in a box where Rosin powder is blown up into the air and given approximately 15 minutes to slowly settle into a blanket of perfectly distributed particles. Once the powder is set on the plate by a method of heat the artist can then begin drawing their design using liquid ground. The etching process takes anywhere between 30 seconds – 20 minutes per layer. Each layer is etched to a different time and this is what creates tonal variation.b1 of 1, Unique State.

I etched multiple plates with positive and negative designs which I then inked up in different colours and over-layed when printing. This work is process heavy which Is why I took a minimal approach to the subject matter.

Each design is printed on high quality Hahnemüele Paper and framed in Victorian Ash. If you would prefer to choose your own frame I can offer the print unframed at a lower price however there will be a de-framing fee.

Square Optics: Siren

Jessie Balletta

AUD$660
Size: 65w x 82h x 2d cms
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The Square Optics series was created in 2019 as part of a scholarship I received from the Australian Print Workshop. In 12 months I created a suite of 40 original etchings that are all unique and 1 of 1. I have 22 remaining.

These prints are creating using a 17th Century printmaking technique called Aquatint. This technique allows the artist to create tonal variations in blocked areas. It is created by putting a clean copper plate in a box where Rosin powder is blown up into the air and given approximately 15 minutes to slowly settle into a blanket of perfectly distributed particles. Once the powder is set on the plate by a method of heat the artist can then begin drawing their design using liquid ground. The etching process takes anywhere between 30 seconds – 20 minutes per layer. Each layer is etched to a different time and this is what creates tonal variation.b1 of 1, Unique State.

I etched multiple plates with positive and negative designs which I then inked up in different colours and over-layed when printing. This work is process heavy which Is why I took a minimal approach to the subject matter.

Each design is printed on high quality Hahnemüele Paper and framed in Victorian Ash. If you would prefer to choose your own frame I can offer the print unframed at a lower price however there will be a de-framing fee.

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