Image 1 - Layout of contrasting etchings, relief prints and material utilised within the printing process.
Image 2 - ‘Temptation within the Inferno’ First and Second print (black & white - white & black etchings.)
Image 3 - A2 relief prints layout of four.
Image 4 - The material used from the printing process (angle 1)
Image 5 - he material used from the printing process (angle 2)
Image 6 - Intertwined material (duck egg and white cloth) displayed on a plinth.
Image 7 - Section of ‘Folded Linearity’
Image 8 - Section of ‘Deviated Depth’
Image 9 - Section of ‘Suggestive Materiality’
Image 10 - Section of ‘Intertwined Reality’
This layout of my finalised work, I feel encapsulates the intricacies and fine nuances of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Examining this in two distinctive approaches: Literal, depictive etchings contrasted with more ambiguous imprints of material.
They both examine the crucial concepts explored within this poem: The straightforward examination of Virgil (someone who has experienced it before) conflicted to Dante’s ambiguous, emotive thoughts that seem to spiral and become free-form (as this world is new and cannot be resigned as efficiently as his guide.)
By juxtaposing these two elements literal and expressive this creates delicacy and harshness that when combined tell the two sides and two schools of thought more efficiently than a straight depiction. I feel that by looking initially at Dore’s etchings and work this allowed me to create my own literal depictions. Also having the contrast of contemporaries such as Watt and Richter this allowed for me to make conscious decisions in a more instinctive and experimental way (by pushing physical objects through the press) this created imprints and layers.
The idea of layering and creating depth contrasted with the lines and bold marks of etchings effectively tied in with sculptural references from my time in Italy and also linked to a more traditional setting. The poem has been a huge driving force behind my project and I hope I have chipped away at uncovering some of its depth and translating this into a physical output.