"Moth-ers" Etching

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Measurements: 14x12" Original etchings and illustrations by Elizabeth Andrews. Moth-ers, is a series of etchings that began after placing a small brown Moth in my cabinet of curiosities, a classis Wunderkammer of natural specimens and human oddities. I was struck by what appeared to be a tiny princess wrapped in a faded brown cape. Since that time I have collected moths, pictured of moths and taken hundred of photographs of Moths. In each Moth or Moth photograph I can detect the image of a small faery-like insect. I describe the process as 'illuminating the femail spirits of night Lepidoptera'. "The images I create are inspired by inspecting the remaning tea leaves after life experiences have filtered through my mind." Creating an etching is a labor of love; but technivally it is a process that begins with a polished piece of copper. A copper plate is coated with a resist. When this resist dries, I needle away the hardened surface exposing the copper plate. At various stages I etch the plate with ferric chloride. The chemical 'bites' into the copper creating lines that will be printed. I remove the resist with mineral spirited, generpusly ink the plate, it is then put on a Praga press. The plate is then recoated with the resist so I can needle the image on the plate. Each print is a unique piece of art due to the hand printing method.