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Drypoint - Ocean Surface - Second State

Drypoint - Ocean Surface - Second State

1985

Vija Celmins

(American, 1939-)

Gemini G.E.L.

published by

Drypoint

Support: White wove paper (Rives BFK)

Sheet: 60.8 x 48.1 cm (23 15/16 x 18 15/16 in.); Platemark: 19.7 x 25.1 cm (7 3/4 x 9 7/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1993.212

Edition: 55 plus 12 artist's proofs and 6 edition proofs

Impression: 49/55

Description

Celmin's work is obsessively detailed and meticulously crafted, revealing her devotion to the act of making art. Printmaking appealed to Celmins in part because she enjoyed practicing the same techniques that artists utilized centuries ago. She once said. "A lot of us have lost of lot of skills over the years." Working from photographs taken near her home in Venice, California, she made several graphite drawings and prints of the ocean. Celmin's choice of ocean imagery is not driven by its potential to suggest place and evoke meaning, but rather by the artistic opportunities it offers. "I like looking and describing, using images to explore the process of making."

See also
Collection: 
PR - Drypoint
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Drypoint

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