#drawing machine etchings

Drawing machine in a sea chest. This is an expansion of the smaller drawing machine etchings. The zinc plate is made according to the golden ratio: in this case 400mm x 647.2mm. This decision is important, it is part of my input into the image that is created, I am creating an environment for the machine to live in. The sea chest contains the surface that the creature will on, it is the atmosphere. For me that atmosphere is a personal one, the sea chest has been around since I was a child. As a child it scared the crap out of me and was definitely home to ghosts. This further contributes to the idea that I am facilitating the drawing: the machine construction, the zinc plate and the atmosphere. Again the image left behind is a record of the life of that particular machine, a life that can be repeated but not replicated.Golden_Rectangle_Construction.svg

sea_chest

old sea chest that used to scare the shit out of me as a kid; home to pirate monsters and memories now home to the memory of an ephemeral murmuration as well

sea_chest_2

the plate’s proportions are based on the golden rectangle proportions (need to insert measurements here)

in_progress_2

the plate towards the end of the murmuration – most of the metal having flown off the machine by this point

in_progress_1

a close up – as the metal on the machine wore down it would get stuck in certain places hence the bare metal patches

close_up_plate

close up of what remained after the murmuration had disappeared, the plate a record of what happened, something that can be repeated but never replicated!

drawing_murmuration

a print made from the plate. the plate was also aqua tinted before being etched due to the large patches of bare metal

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