Aubade

 

Aubade by Heather Page, relief print, lithograph, and rubbing on copper-gilded paper, 77.5 inches x 20 inches

Title: Aubade
Media: Relief print, lithograph, and rubbing on copper-gilded mulberry paper
Size: 77.5”h x 20”w
Edition: 1/1
 
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detail views

Aubade by Heather Page, detail image of etched steel tiles at base, relief print, lithograph, and rubbing on copper-gilded paper, 77.5 inches x 20 inches
Aubade by Heather Page, detail image, relief print, lithograph, and rubbing on copper-gilded paper, 77.5 inches x 20 inches

installation views

Reverb installation 3 by Heather Page

Title: Reverb 3
Media: Etching, relief print, rubbing, wax grattage, gilding, and drawing on mulberry paper

Reverb installation 3 by Heather Page

Title: Reverb 3
Media: Etching, relief print, rubbing, wax grattage, gilding, and drawing on mulberry paper

process

Aubade is an original relief print and rubbing on copper-gilded mulberry paper made from one woodburned and carved sheet of pine plywood, two sets of laser-engraved birch plywood blocks, and a set of polyester lithographic plates.
Aubade by Heather Page, detail image, relief print, lithograph, and rubbing on copper-gilded paper, 77.5 inches x 20 inches
Gilding is the application of very thin sheets of metal (called leaf) to a surface.
 
For this piece, I glued copper leaf to mulberry paper using a special adhesive and then burnished it flat.
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We make relief prints by rolling ink over the surface of an object, placing a piece of paper on top, and transferring the ink to the paper with pressure.
 
To make this piece, I inked one set of birch plywood plates laser-engraved with a photograph of insect-damaged bark in white and printed them on the gilded side of the print. You can see the white spots from these blocks in the detail image to the left.
 
On the back, I printed another set of birch plywood blocks laser-engraved with a different image of bark. Instead of inking these blocks, I dampened my gilded paper, placed it on a freshly laser-engraved block, and ran it through an etching press. The press transferred the charred wood to the paper, leaving a physical texture as well as the color and smell of the burn.
 
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Polyester lithographic plates for Reverb by Heather PageI printed the lithographs on Aubade from polyester lithographic plates, which you can see in the image to the right.
 
Polyester plates are as thin and flexible as paper, feel like plastic, and are made to go through a laser printer.
 
Inking the plates is a lot like printing a traditional lithograph. We moisten the surface of the matrix with a sponge and then roll over it with a greasy ink. The ink sticks to the laser toner, but is repelled from the blank plate.
 
To print these plates, I placed the inked plates face-down on my gilded paper, placed some backing paper on top, and ran the pile through a press. The pressure transferred the ink to the paper, making a physically flat mirror image of the lichens on the plate.
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I made a rubbing on the gilded side of the print by placing a woodburned and carved relief block under the paper and rubbing over its surface with a metallic copper crayon.
 
You can see the dark copper rubbing in the detail image to the left.
 
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edition

This is a one-of-a-kind print, also known as a monoprint.

 
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story

An Aubade is a morning song.

 
I see music in the looping calligraphic text that flows over the front of the print and the syncopation of spots (lichen and bark patterns) on both of its sides.
 
I associate the coppery colors of the print, along with its bright, large shape in the center with a sun at dawn and the glowing colors in the sky.