"Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is Incised into a plate (or"matrix") with a hard-pointed "needle" of sharp metaphor diamond point.
In principle, the method is practically identical to engraving. The difference is in the use of tools, and that the raised ridge along the furrow is not scraped or filed away as in engraving.Traditionally the plate was copper, but now acetate,zinc, or plexiglas are also commonly used. Like Etching, drypoint is easier to master than engraving for an artist trained in drawing because the technique of
using the needle is closer to using a pencil thanthe engraver's burin.I use metaphor as a means of exploring meaning.
In 'The Swimmer' the human figure (man/ humankind)and water intercept and are
metaphorical representations of the 'internal' and 'external' worlds and what happens where these two worlds meet. In a sense we are all immersed &'swimming' through life,navigating and finding a way through its uncertain,unclear, and often unknown routes & circumstances.The image is an attempt to make visible the internal struggles & dialogues that occur through the navigation of launching out into the 'waters of life' soto speak, much of my work deals with metaphysics/the metaphysical.
Medium: Drypoint etching
Print size: 17 cm x17 cm
Framed size: 37 cm x 37 cm