Mary Schina ‘Sparkling Dark’ Printmaking Exhibition Duration of exhibition: 4 April – 20 April 2013 SKOUFA GALLERY 4 Skoufa St. Kolonaki, 10673 Athens 210-3643025, 210-3603541

Apr 20, 2013 · 2 mins read
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The exhibition will present recent artworks created by the artist which display an altered perception of light and nature. Her aesthetic interests so far focused on displaying the qualities of light through colour, whereas in her recent works light is presented in black and white engravings. As Eirini Orati notes: …“Schina has added another stage to the printmaking process by choosing to use aquatint to process her own black and white digital photographs that were all taken in summer near the sea, at night and under a full moon.

This different method of treating the photos confronts her with two challenges. First she must now work with the impressions created by light without the intervention of colour, with which she has worked almost exclusively in recent decades. Second, by selecting black and white photography, she returns to the primary imperative of engraving which is the relationship between white and black.” …

It is especially interesting the relationship between photography and print making that Mary Schina seeks to explore in her most recent work. As she mentions herself about her work: ‘Cameras and photography entered the field of artistic expression- especially in printmaking - during the first quarter of the 20th century. It was an era when visual artists were searching for ways and investigating means of improving the clarity of their expression. Since then photography – which can now register a rare and swift phenomenon, and record its fleeting and random changes, even the movement of light, for the artist to catch – has provided man with testimony to the visual “truth” of life’s external reality through time. When artists, according to their needs, succeed in transferring these phenomena to a copper plate, through photoetching – which is a try on, not as simple as it sounds – unique artistic results can, eventually, be achieved. So today, its almost magic ability to record and enhance a swiftly moving visual image has made photography an essential tool in the practice of art. Through the use of aquatint and oxidation on a copper plate, a magic marvel, in black and its many tones of gray, can be achieved and used, increasing thus the potential for a variety of results in art composition and expression.’