Monique Frydman, Smoke of Darkness, 2017
Etching ink on Japanese paper, mounted on Rives paper
80 x 53 cm (31½ x 20¾ in)
Edition of 8 individual unique monotypes
Initialed on the front (bottom right)
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This limited edition was published on the occasion of Monique Frydman’s painting exhibition at Parasol unit, London, 7 June - 12 August 2017. The artist created a series of eight unique monotypes, all similar yet slightly different and individually made. Indeed, Frydman chose to keep similar colours of engraving ink—grey, red, brown and blue—throughout all eight prints, and decided to substitute the press machine with the pressure of her own hand and fingers, to stay close to the concept of painting and of what she calls 'the intelligence of the hand’. The edition series was printed on Japanese paper chosen for its absorbent, smooth and translucent qualities. Although monotype printing is originally a reproduction technique, these prints have the same painterly qualities as Frydman’s paintings featured in her concurrent exhibition at the time.