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Profiles from ‘Collective Ink’: Cinda Berry, Intaglio printmaker

"Intaglioso!" Cinda Berry, printmaker at Lee Arts Center is preparing for the “Collective Ink” show at the Popcorn Gallery. Each printmaker in the studio has their specific preferences for methods and techniques. Her’s is intaglio printing.

Plethora of subjects from Cinda Berry, intaglio printmaker
James George
Cinda Berry, printmaker, preparing work for the "Collective Ink" exhibit at the Popcorn Gallery
James George

“Intaglio (/ɪnˈtæli.oʊ/ in-tal-ee-oh) is the family of printing and printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface, and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink.[1] It is the direct opposite of a relief print.

Normally, copper or zinc plates are used as a surface or matrix, and the incisions are created by etching, engraving, drypoint, aquatint or mezzotint.[2] Collagraphs may also be printed as intaglio plates.[3]”

Cinda approaches a subject with a broad vision. She is as comfortable with landscapes, still life, animals, and you name it. What makes her work distinctive is her deep command of intaglio printing technique and subtle use of color and texture.

She explains:

“Photopolymer intaglio provides a non-toxic approach to the traditional processes of etching and aquatint. Light-sensitive and water-soluble photopolymer film is laminated to a substrate (for example, plastic, copper, or zinc) to make a plate. An image that has been transferred to the transparent film is placed over the plate and exposed to an ultra-violet light. Light or clear areas of the film allow the UV light reach the plate; these areas are polymerized and harden. Dark areas on the film block the light and protect areas of the plate from polymerization. These protected areas do not harden and during development, are dissolved in a bath of soda ash and water. An unlimited variety of marks, textures, and tones can be transferred to the film covered plate.

My prints are constructed from multiple plates inked with different non-toxic inks and printed in succession on a single piece of paper. Each new layer increases the depth and complexity of the image. There is magic in the process: A small and seemingly insignificant variation at any step of the plate-making or printmaking can create unexpected and sometimes serendipitous results.”

See samples of her work at the slideshow.

“Collective Ink

February 15- March 16, 2014
Reception: Saturday, February 22, 2014 3-5 p.m.
Popcorn Gallery
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo Park, MD 20812

The show's visual interest is enhanced by the diverse methods of printmaking represented (including monotype, etching and aquatint, reduction woodcut and photopolymer intaglio) and the subject matter included, but the exhibition remains a unified body because all of the exhibited works will be prints.

Collective Ink incorporates a variety of prints and techniques, allowing each artist to present the best of her work. Each offers a unique take on a theme, ranging from landscape, photo imagery and still life to fantasy and portraiture.”

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