A deep fascination with mathematics and geometric relationships informs Rockburne’s work. For this project she folded the sheets of paper on which the prints were made before they were run through the press so that the edges and folds would create embossed lines. Aquatint, which appears as a velvety off-white against the white paper, was printed on the portions of paper that were topmost after the paper was folded.
Gallery label from Geo/Metric: Prints and Drawings from the Collection, June 11–August 18, 2008.
Before running the paper on which these prints were made through the press, Rockburne folded each sheet to create a carefully placed network of creased lines. The pressed folds produced raised lines and indented planes, while the parts of the paper that had been uppermost and exposed in the press display a velvety-white sheen created by the aquatint printing process. This series was first displayed at the Museum in the summer of 1981, in a small exhibition simply titled Dorothea Rockburne: Locus.
Gallery label from Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself, September 21, 2013–January 20, 2014.