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Untitled by Susan Saunders

Untitled by Susan Saunders

Susan Saunders' etching depicts a kitchen or workroom, the shapes on the shelves suggest food containers or pots. The etching consists of a series of geometric shapes with a dramatic interplay of light, creating a contrast of tones. It is not clear, however, from which direction the light is coming. The use of brown as the only colour heightens the tonal effect as does the colour wash over the top of the bottom right section.

In the process of etching a metal plate is given a waxy coating which is then scratched into using a sharp instrument. Only the wax surface is removed. The plate is then placed in an acid bath, where the acid eats/etches into the exposed areas from which the wax has been removed. The extent of etching is dependent on the amount of time the plate spends in the bath.