Deborah Bell – Invocations to the Plate

David Krut Projects is proud to announce new editions by Deborah Bell.  The series was launched at her exhibition Invocations to the Plate at the David Krut Projects Gallery, Johannesburg.

Deborah Bell – She Wolf, 2017, Four-plate drypoint and spitbite aquatint on Hahnemühle 350gsm, edition of 8, Paper size: 90 x 232 cm
Wolf Cave, 2018, three-plate drypoint and spitbite aquatint on Hahnemühle 350gsm, Edition of 12, Paper size: 90 x 121 cm
Who Can Own You, 2018, drypoint and spitbite aquatint with handpainting on Hahnemühle 350gsm, Edition of 12, Paper size: 79 x 111,5 cm

Bell’s work considers the border between mortality and immortality, matter and spirit, presence and absence, the quotidian and the mythic, the grounded and the transcended. These ideas often emerge at a subconscious level as illustrated by the seminal piece of the collaborative project, a large 2-meter long diptych entitled She Wolf. The cave and the open expanse are about the inner and the outer, the womb and the world – and going inwards as opposed to only expressing ‘out there.’ It is a liminal space, a place of threshold and transformation. In preparation for, and alongside She Wolf, a number of smaller explorations of Bell’s thoughts and subjects feature.

Sketchbook I -VI, 2017-2018, Drypoint (and spitbite aquatint) on Gampi and Hahnemühle 300 gsm, Edition: 30, Paper size: 22,4 x 30,4 cm

Bell’s initial ideas are often conceived from her visual notebooks, where the spontaneity of her quick, private drawings seem to capture the figures in a gestural moment. In the making of her plates, Bell’s ideas develop and evolve with her working physically, pushing and pulling the images through scratches, gouged marks and burnished tones – much like the sculptor she is.

Sometimes I will take a small insignificant detail from a large painting or make quick sketches of different artifacts in a museum case along with their shadows. These all get crammed into the notebooks and often a relationship is set up between the images drawn on a single page which then become the source for a new work. I see these notebooks as my dictionary; each image is like a word that I can juxtapose to create a story, a poem.” – Deborah Bell.

Aware of being Aware (detail), Drypoint and aquatint on Hahnemühle 300 gsm, Edition of 40, Paper size: 47 x 37 cm
Frail Crown, 2017, Drypoint with chine collé on Hahnemühle 300 gsm, Edition 40, Paper size: 47 x 37 cm
Embody Me, 2017, Drypoint with Gampi on Hahnemühle 300 gsm, Edition 30, Paper size: 47 x 37 cm
You Again A Stranger, 2018, Drypoint on Hahnemühle 300 gsm, Edition 30, Paper size: 43 x 55 cm

Accompanying this exhibition is our newest publication Invocations to the Plate: Notes from the Print Workshop 2014 – 2017 featuring the complete collection of works made in collaboration with DKW and Sanders. Texts include insight from Bell on her creative process, essays by Master Printer Phil Sanders and Jacqueline Nurse, technical notes from Master Printer Jillian Ross and the printers of DKW with a full history by David Krut on his collaborative relationship with the artist.

Making a print is a process requiring expertise in complicated techniques, institution that comes from experience, and alchemy, which transforms and combines elements into something new.” – Master Printer Jill Ross

Limits of Your Longing, 2017, Softground and drypoint on Gampi and Hahnemühle 300 gsm, Edition 30, Paper size: 23 x 33 cm
Breath, 2017, Soft ground, drypoint, spit bite aquatint etching with hand colouring and hand coloured chine collé on Hahnemuhle 300gsm


Read more about these projects on the Print Workshop Blog.

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