Apr 30, 2013
Apr 30, 2013

Drypoint - Ocean Surface - Second State

Drypoint - Ocean Surface - Second State


Vija Celmins

(American, 1939-)

published by

Gemini G.E.L.


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



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
PR - Drypoint
Type of artwork: 

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