G.H. Rothe is renowned as master of the mezzotint and as one of
the world's greatest living artists. She combines technical mastery
with inspired imagination. She was born in 1935 in Beuthen, Germany
(ceded to Poland in 1945) and her studies in art history, human
anatomy, goldsmithing and extensive drawing culminated in her discovery
of the mezzotint technique. Impelled to revive this most difficult
technique of printmaking led to an invention in 1972 never accomplished
before in mezzotint: transparency. Her years of research and constant
practice supplied the perfect medium for her vast repertoire of
Ludwig von Siegen, the first mezzotint engraver would have been
impressed. He wrote in 1642, "There is no living artist who could
guess how this engraving has been executed." Yet more impressive
is G.H. Rothe's zeal; she has completed over 70,000 mezzotints.
"I carve my images into copperplates directly with a diamond. Then
I pit the surface with a chisel-like tool called a rocker. When
the ground work is done, I use a steel burnisher quite extensively
to shape my images as one would do in a fine barr relief but working
in reverse. After I pull a proof print from the copperplate, I cover
the surface anew with fine pitted holes using the rocker, eliminating
thought in action, practicing Karma Yoga. The experience of layering
images and the x-ray shapes is guided by the mind's eye. I feel
but cannot see the picture underneath the second layer of pits.
As the essence of life is an unknown force, I see when I don't look.
View this artist's
available pieces here.
Barton, Behrens, Brooks, Byerley, Buckels , Coleman, Cooper , Cotterill/Frogman, Ellenshaw, Farley, Finale,Freed, Garmash,,Gilecki,Godard, Gonzalez,,Rodel,Harvey,Holland, Howard, Khoi,Kinkade, ThomasKiraKondakova, Liudmila Kruger, Sebastian Lorusso, Luongo, Markes, Mernick, Mezak,Ostrovsky, Park, Perez,Prodanovich,Quartly, Rios, Rothe, Roulette, Seuss, Shipley, Shortridge, Shvaiko, Slick , Stalling, St. Clair, Baxter, Stiltz, Suljakov, Thomas, Toro, Volegov, Yong, Wysocki
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