The artwork in this exhibit was all printed from the same “wide grass” etching plate. The plate was produced by applying liquid stop-out resist with a thread to a zinc plate, thus creating grass blade-like lines on the plate. These lines remained unetched when the rest of the plate was etched for a 25-minute period. Aquatint techniques were also used to create areas that hold more ink and thus print darker than other areas.
I used oil-based etching ink to print the “wide grass” image in a number of different ways—on different types of paper, with different colors of ink, twice on the same piece of paper, through two layers of paper, and so forth. Two of the artworks included in this entry are combinations of 2 or 4 prints, each one hemmed and hung from bamboo rods and connected by cotton cord. These works can be viewed from both sides. Some of the etchings appear to be realistic, while others are abstract in nature.