Chalcography, also known as chalcographic engraving or copper plate engraving, is a printing technique in which images are produced by using a printing press to make a print from a metal plate onto which grooves have been incised. These hold the ink that will be imprinted on the paper. Originally, the technique only referred to engravings on copper, but it gradually extended to engravings on all metals, like zinc, alluminium etc.
It is a complex process consisting of many stages, as far as the production of an engraving is concerned. Purely intaglio printmaking technique, where the tones, from the whitest to the darkest, are obtained with the help of a chemical acid, different for each metal. Engraving methods vary and are different from each other. Laboratory material and technical infrastructure is required for the realization of etchings.
Works realized during the artist’s residence in Italy. Several of the engravings were produced to create a portfolio for the Print Club Torino printing lab.
The techniques used for this project included the following: Drypoint on copper, Tonic Oxygraphy (Acquatint), Sugar Acquatint, Soft Varnish, Lithographic pencil, Carborundum, Embossed, Magnera Nera etc. The prints are made with fine quality papers of Italian origin.