Les culs de bouteilles by Judith Rothchild

Les culs de bouteilles by Judith Rothchild

Les culs de bouteilles

Judith Rothchild

Title

Les culs de bouteilles

 
Artist

Judith Rothchild

  1950 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
2006  
Technique
mezzotint 
Image Size
5 7/8 x 5 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
IV/XX 
Annotations
titled in pencil, lower center margin 
Reference
 
Paper
ivory wove Hahnemuhle 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
19296 
Price
SOLD
Description

Judith Rothchild's crisp mezzotint "Les culs de bouteilles" is observed by the viewer through a diamond shaped portal, perhaps a rack in a wine cellar, where "the bottoms of the bottles" create an almost symmetrical pattern, the interplay between the wine bottle bottoms and the corks of the opposing bottles.

Mezzotint is a form of engraving, whose subtle qualities are achieved with tone rather than line. The artist spends many hours “rocking” a copper plate until the plate has thousands of tiny holes, each with a bit of raised burr that hold a tremendous amount of ink. A fully rocked plate prints a lush, velvety black, unparalleled in any other medium.

To obtain an image, the artist scrapes the surface of the plate, variously lowering the levels of the burrs so they will hold less ink and thereby yield gradations of dark and light. Gradually an image emerges out of the darkness. The plate is inked by hand and printed on an etching press.