Barbara Madsen | 2017

Barbara Madsen, an American artist and Associate Professor in Print at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, visited us for 4 weeks in July and August 2017. Our purpose for her visit was to make photogravures. She photographed objects brought to the studio by everyone and 'arb' things she found in the studio - objects with no symbolic meaning. These objects became the subject matter for her photogravures. Barbara has made many gravures in her career. Thus her presence at the studio was very valuable to Zhané Warren, for both their passion for the technique caused 'geek' discussions and debates. Whilst, experimentations, tests, more tests, proofing, modifying ink, proofing with different inks, back to photoshop, printing more positives, sensitising more gelatin tissue, etching more plates, proofing until that 'right' print is pulled.

After she returned to the US, Rupert Green took on the task of printing the editions. Each image is an edition of 16. 10 plates = 160 prints