AFTER THE VOID

void
APRÈS LE NÉANT

etching on copper, printed with chine collé
1984 - 84 x 104 mm

The first etching on copper, and printed at René Tazé's studio in Paris. I had been searching through old manuals and books and I found a recepy based on Seymour Haden's Dutch Mordant. It worked a lot better than nitrous acid and was less technical and artistically dead than ferrum chloride . I mixed it myself, strictly following the rules of cooling etc. Someone else was also interested and asked my recepy, which I gave, but with the warning to have a chemist mix the ingredients. He did. But the chemist made a mistake in mixing chloric acid with potasium perchlorate and he severely burned his lungs and cause a chlorine stench in the entire quarter of town where he lived. He never wanted to work for artists after that.