Lotus Leaves (Full Leaf), 2004

Mixed Media

Soft ground etching on gampi, mounted between UV resistant plexi-glass in wood frame

25.25 x 30.25 x 5.50 in

64.1 x 76.8 x 14.0 cm

Edition of 6

This work is signed and numbered in ink on the base of the frame.

$50,000 - $75,000

About The Work

Gabriel Orozco's 2004 Lotus Leaf series began as classic chine collé prints but took on another life as the work evolved through the creative dialogue between Orozco and Lapis Press. Orozco's interest in the natural world and its relationship with humans inspired him to have actual lotus leaves etched into the printing plates, creating a man made yet true rendering of the leaf. Every vein, tear, and insect bite was captured and imprinted on special custom milled Gampi paper matching the hues of the leaf. The proofs were made as chine collé soft ground etchings, individually cut to the shape of each leaf and adhered to a heavy fine art paper.

While working on the edition, Orozco felt the proofs lacked the organic authenticity he originally envisioned. He had a revelation while holding one of the tissue thin leaf prints up to the window: the exquisite purity that he was seeking was best displayed deconstructed and suspended in glass, illuminated all around, like a delicate specimen.

Courtesy of Lapis Press

About Gabriel Orozco

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