|Her Majesty (su majestad) by Sandra Fernandez|
Contrast this to the new etching by Sandra C. Fernandez, Her Majesty (su majestad). Sandra gives us the soul of the queen, the very essence of her with the barest of linear elements. She holds her scepter, she moves forward with history about her in a skirt of words. She appears to be stitched together, held with threads and yet her energy is substantial.
|Detail of Her Majesty (su majestad) skirt|
Sandra has made six prints with Flatbed Press and this summer began the seventh, Her Majesty. Since she is an accomplished printmaker, our collaboration with Sandra involved assisting her with etching, proofing and editioning. She developed her image from her experience working with intaglio techniques and her use of sewn lines from the constructions, fine art books and sculptures that she fabricates. She began by cutting her large copper plate into a trapezoid shape, a shape that set the stage for her stripped clean existential figure to dominate its compressed space. Sandra created lines first by stitching the figure onto paper and transferring the stitching the the plate by pressing the stitching into the soft-ground covered copper plate. The impressions of the stitching were carefully etched to hold the ink. The etched figure was printed in two colors: sepia for the body's lines and red for the scepter and skirt. Her skirt, which is a chine collé element, is made of stitched together book pages from a 1730's London publication of the State Trials and Proceedings upon High Treason and other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the reign of King Richard II to the end of the reign of King George I. She lifts her scepter to rule with the history cinched around her waist. She is Her Majesty.
The edition of 20 prints was signed October 25 and is now available through Flatbed Press or The Gallery at Shoal Creek. Long Live the Queen.