This series of prints was a seminal moment in my studio practice. It brought process a little bit more into the spotlight, and brought my journey to finding my artistic voice a little more into focus.
I wrote more about how this series came about, and how it impacted my work in a blog post called, "Blocking Light In A Creative Way: Or how I learned to rethink my materials…" You can read the article HERE.
What Are Photopolymer Gravures?
"The process involves a series of exposures of the polymer plate. First, it is exposed under strong light with a random dot screen placed on top of it (called an aquatint screen in fine art printing or a stochastic screen in commercial printing). Next, the plate is exposed to a positive transparency of an image. This transparency can be a continuous tone positive on film, but is most often made as a digital 'positive' (made in the same way as a digital negative) printed with an inkjet printer. The plate is then developed; for most types and brands of plates, this is done in water. After proper drying and curing, the plate can be inked and printed. The dual exposures produce an "etched" polymer plate with many thousands of indentations of varying depth which hold ink, which in turn are transferred as a continuous tone image to a sheet of paper." ("Photogravure", Wikipedia)