Two new etchings are being worked to illustrate a poem by Robert Frost, There are roughly zones.
Stuart Manins notes:
It has 21 lines with no breaks, but a rhyming scheme of ababa, cddcdc, efefe,gkggk indicates four blocks of thought: a storm threatening a house and a tree; human nature which transplants a peach tree in the Arctic; some moral reflection on the nature of right and wrong; and the potential to survive what appears catastrophic.
As in Hebrew poetry, the punch line is in the middle, “Why is his nature forever so hard to teach”
Note: After the sequence (pages 1-7) was completed, it illustrated my interpretation of the poem. I then made a video with assistance from two friends. We then dedicated it to Helen Clark, and the members and work of the World Health Organization Covid Review Panel. Robert Frost died in 1963 so his work is in the public domain in New Zealand, but copyright on his poetry published after 1923 extends until 2058 in the USA.
From the printmaking perspective
There are two plates needed to make the sequence. They are copper plates, and were electro-etched in CuSO4, which is a non-toxic process, and inked with Akua soy based inks, again, non-toxic.
This new sequence builds on prior ideas—O Christ who holds the open gate, and Lightfall— done with plexiplate and zinc plate, acid etched. They similarly explored the geometry of the Islamic arch used so extensively in Gothic church architecture.
At this point, however, I'm not happy with geometry of the design, nor with all the textures and their placement. So I'm going to to do two new etchings to correct and improve the prints. It will open up many possibilities for the interplay of foreground and background images.