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Fossil Impressions: Portfolio Project  (2001)
Mixed Media: Etchings within Bound Book, 12 x 12 in.  


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Plate: Copper
Editions: 2
Artist Proofs: Not available
Price: 1000.00

Availability: Upon Request


This edition of prints Fossil Impressions evolved as a series over a long period of time. Each of the images came about in a unique or nearly inexplicable way and holds a personal meaning to the artist.

As a collection of images the series combines his reverence of natural history with a complex personal investigation of death and life in the hereafter.

The first plate is an impression of a small crow-like bird that is employed here to represent danger, alert or Warning. The fish represents Threats To The Sea. The third image, the fern - provocative and primitive, in its simple beauty - is used to represent The land. Following this print in the series is a blackbird that seems focused, confident and unaware perhaps of an any impending doom in The Sky. In the fifth and final image the artist addresses the imprint of man on nature, a signature, or in part man's legacy. The handprint silhouettes left behind by Paleolithic artists haunt all who have searched the images for their meaning. This print represents a sign that The Writing Is On The Wall for all of nature.

Many fine artists and artisans assisted in the completion of this project. They include staff members of Dieu Donne Paper in New York City. At this mill artist Megan Moorhouse produced the custom handmade papers used for the prints, title page, and colophon. The process also included trips to the Museum of Natural History and walks along Central Park West to study matrices and fossils with a result custom paper that reflects the texture and colors in limestone.

Master bookbinder and box maker Carolyn Chadwick lent her patience and expertise to this project and created the beautiful portfolio boxes that house the prints. Each portfolio box incorporates a unique heavy gauge copper plate - etched by the artist in his signature soft ground technique - with the appearance of an ancient fossil.

Printer Ed Fausty assisted in the production of the text graphics including printing them in his Jersey City studio. The interleafing is a hand made paper from Japan known as Kozo-Shi. The entire edition was printed by the artist at K. Caraccio Studio in New York City in 2001.