1980. WrenchWrench etching by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE


As with so many of these early works I'm only guesstimating when I made this. My friend Kirby Malone had been handwriting on pages in a field / non-linear way - jotting down any language that interested him. He may've called this writing "WrenchWrench". He may not have. I had one of the pages. I took what might've been a free workshop on etching at the Maryland Institute College of Art (where I sometimes modelled but where I was never a student). Etching involves drawing in wax (or some such) to enable acid to mark the surface (or some such). As I recall, one has to do it backwards in order to make the print forwards. Obviously, I could've chosen to make an abstraction or a landscape or something in which the left-right orientation didn't matter but I chose instead to challenge myself to do something that I knew was beyond my skill: imitate someone else's handwriting (Kirby's) AND do it backwards! The result isn't nearly as bad as it could've been & I'm proud of myself for attempting something difficult.


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