Look Again: The ACM Collection Inspires the Boston Printmakers

Art Complex Museum Exhibition, Duxbury, Massachusetts

May 17 – September 6, 2015

Carol Wax Peekskill NY Cog-no-sense, 2014 mezzotint engraving (on drypoint ground) 7 x7”
Carol Wax
Peekskill NY 
Cog-no-sense, 2014
mezzotint engraving (on drypoint ground)
7 x7”
I’ve always felt a deep affinity for Yozo Hamaguchi’s mezzotints. His stylizations of objects isolated in undefined space, often divided with arbitrary horizons, and use of textures parallel my own approach to mezzotint. However, where I use the medium’s dramatic lighting effects to impose light onto objects, bathing them in chiaroscuro, Hamaguchi uses tapestry-like patterns to make prints appear to glow from within. Inspired by the subtle linear-textured ground in Hamaguchi’s mezzotint “Chou,” I used a similar effect in my print “Cog-no-sense.” I also adapted Hamaguchi’s horizon motif, splitting my image into a foreground highlighting a mechanical crank and a background depicting stylized cogs silhouetted against the warp and woof of space beyond. In this way, process and subject of master and disciple fuse to create a Waxaguchi mezzotint print.