"In Deed Lookback" by Blair Saxon-Hill
"In Deed Lookback" 2016
24" tall, 20" wide, unframed
This collage is primarily made from forwarding the photographic space as form, or stated differently, the space that surrounds the object is the building material for my forms. Saxon Hill is interested in plays of perception, what-sits-on-what and our sense of knowing (using the document as the source for the new).
The source material for this collage is original book pages drawn from books that document sculpture and vessels and were published in the 1960s. That era utilized a now outmoded form of print technology called photogravure. Photogravures provide the highest printed tonal range and allow for texture to become very seductive. This print technology is rarely used today in publishing because it is too expensive.
When this technology is used in commercial printing for publications it is technically called a “sheet fed photogravure”.
To take the engagement with the print technology further, Saxon Hill hired a master printer in SF to make my collages into photogravure prints.
Being a purest, she found a man trained at the famous Crown Point Press to print them on copper plates. This man was also trained in various printmaking techniques in Japan so he was able to print the gravures on a special super thin paper and adhere them to the cotton rag paper. The process of adhering is called chine-colle.
Blair gave the printer three photographs of the works (two images of her collages, and one studio photograph) from which he made the photo positives for etching on copper plates.
The works were printed on Gampi paper then chine-colle to the Somerset.
Print in an edition of 10.
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