Susan Cartwright, printmaker, offers a collection of fine art monotypes of dogs and
other animals, handmade in the traditional manner—the same process as was invented
and employed by Italian painter and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione in
Susan rolls ink onto a smooth copper plate, and then creates an image by removing
some of the ink with brushes, rags, q-tips, etc. The inked plate is then set on
the press and moistened layers of Oriental paper and a base of BFK Rives printmaking
paper is placed over it. The image is transferred to the paper under the pressure
of the press. Because the copper plate is smooth and no etching of permanent features
is done in monotyping, this process produces only one print.
In Susan’s hands, this esoteric artform of printmaking produces the charming
miniatures shown here, many of dogs with very expressive faces.