Martin Puryear (American, 1941-)
etching with chine collé, Sheet: 68.50 x 81.00 cm (26 15/16 x 31 7/8 inches); Platemark: 45.30 x 60.50 cm (17 13/16 x 23 13/16 inches). John L. Severance Fund 2003.17
The sculptor Puryear is also a skilled and avid printmaker. Sensitive to the materials with which he works, he produces prints that display their own special qualities. The bulbous etched shape reflects the artist's large rounded sculptures fabricated out of wire and replicates the mystery and ambiguity of his wooden constructions, but the three "holes" that puncture the ball here emphasize the flatness of the printed form. The two-dimensional network of etched lines, and the sheen of the Japanese paper, emphasize elements of the printmaking medium: line and surface.