Frances Elizabeth van Velzen

Printmaking Student, Limerick School of Art & Design.
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Although the video quality is middling at best, the analysis of Anselm Kiefer’s work by Robert Hughes is informative and authoritative.


[landscape] #20


Bernard Emile     Giovinetta, 1937



Who are you

Whats your favorite color

Favorite ship

Favorite ice cream flavor

Do you have a cat


reblogging again bc I already got some from really cute people, but it makes me unreasonably happy to read these from you SO KEEP ON SENDING THEM 

My answers:

Irish printmaker, train traveller, cinephile

the blue of the sky, west of Ireland

The good ship Lollipop

Coffee, chocolate, lemon, pistachio or any combo of all of these

No cat unless you count tigers (two of the toy kind)

love, Frances van Velzen.

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Installations of hundreds of sculptures representing fifty centimetre long ants take over public buildings. Their bodies are made up by the assembling of two human skull casts as if the Santa Marta-born artist were attempting to summon death in life. Rafael Gomezbarros’s work makes visible the overlooked. His intention is to address the plight of millions of displaced people who constitute the invisible but pervasive mass of immigrants crossing the planet. Buried in the narrative of diaspora lays a tribute to thousands of Colombians who suffered internal displacement and violent deaths as casualties of the armed conflict that wreaked havoc in the country for the most part of the last fifty years. Ants being usually associated with hard labour and a complex social organization are turned into phantasms of the disappeared, ghost like figures that have acquired the capacity to take over national monuments. Gómezbarros previously deployed his legion of ants onto historical buildings such as Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino – the haçienda where Simón Bolívar spent his final days – as well as Barranquilla’s customs building.  In Bogotá, he invaded a commercial gallery with one thousand polyester cast creatures and covered the National Congress’s stone façade, his most meaningful attempt to address the national security policies that endorsed a violent status quo for decades. 

Entitled Casa Tomada, the work makes a very particular reference to a short story by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar, in which the inhabitants of a large mansion become invaded by elusive presences announced solely by muted sounds. In the context of these public art interventions, the metaphor reminds the viewer what Cortázar himself declared shortly before passing away: unless a country buries its dead, they will always be remembered as ghosts in the attic. 

Installation from “New Art from Africa and Latin America” from 2nd April 2014 - 31 August 2014 at the Saatchi gallery, London.

Yozo Hamaguchi, “Blue Butterfly” 1982, Mezzotint.

Yozo Hamaguchi, “Blue Butterfly” 1982, Mezzotint.

"At a Printmakers Workshop" - BBC documentary 1970

This 1970 BBC film follows the work done at Studio Prints, the workshop responsible for printing the etchings of many prominent British artists of the last 40 years, including Lucien Freud, Frank Auerbach, Ken Kiff, Julian Trevelyan, R. B. Kitaj, Celia Paul and Stephen Conroy.

Studio Prints was started in 1968 by artist and printmaker Dorothea Wight, and ran until 2011 from a workshop in Kentish Town, north London. She was joined by artist and master printmaker Marc Balakjian in 1972 and together they built up a reputation as one of the worlds leading print workshops.

Dorothea sadly passed away in May 2013 after a long illness, aged 68.

Prints by Printmaker Dorothea Wight (from top)

"Cliffs from the Castle" and "Window with shutters" digital prints. 

"Spring" and "Autumn" prints. 

In February 2012 an etching by Lucian Freud of his whippet, Eli, sold at Christie’s for £145,250, a record for a single print by a modern British artist. Like all of Freud’s etchings of the previous 30 years, this one had been made at Studio Prints Limited, the brainchild of Dorothea Wight, who has died of cancer at the age of 68. (via Dorothea Wight: Artist and pioneer of printmaking)

From top:

Jessica Joslin “Penelope” 2014, antique hardware and findings, brass chain, silver, bone, green & red glove leather, glass eyes.

"Miser’s purse" 1810-30, silk, metal beads, Smithsonian National Design Museum.

Cybele Young - “What I said and What I meant” 2008, Japanese paper constructions.

moth - collaboration with Honey Long