“Totem Tree” Progression

When you work on a matrix for printmaking, the general rule is to pull an impression every time you make a change to the plate. Even if you only add a line, for instance, it’s generally important to ink the plate, wipe it and run it through the press to see how it looks. Certainly makes sense. Granted, I personally, didn’t always do that! For this particular piece, I may have skipped that step once or twice. I wanted the surprises and I wanted the processes behind drypoint, etching and aquatinting to guide me on their own.

When going back through these impressions however, I found it exciting to see the progression. And what’s even more exciting, in my opinion, is that each of these states is completely unique since I can’t go back to it! The zinc plate has been forever changed.

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