I like to capture dreams. I strive to convey in my works a certain sense of a moment lost or of an encounter missed, something mysterious and magical. Although I have been painting for years, I am primarily a printmaker. There is a physicality to printmaking (especially etching) that I love. It simply does not exist in the realm of any other 2-D medium. An etching is an art object in itself. It is almost sculptural. The feel of pressing or embedding an image into the dampened fibers of a fine imported piece of 100% rag paper is for me extremely sensual. I also find the repetition in printmaking very appealing. There’s something very meditative about it. I received my MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute back in 1976. I am quite familiar with the traditional methods of etching on metal plates, however for the past 18 years I have been using a simpler and safer alternative to traditional etching known as SOLARPLATE. The “solarplate” is a light-sensitive polymer surface that is adhered to a steel backing. My solarplate etchings of the past few years have been based on my own photography combined with bits and pieces of vintage photos salvaged from antique shops, flea markets and garage sales. I re-purpose these elements digitally to create or invent a story that reveals the juncture of two worlds…the past and the present…the seen and the unseen…ethereal or otherworldly moments with present reality. I like to call these images “recycled narratives”. Visit: marcschimsky.com
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