In Beatrice Steinert's Cell Sketches, the artist focuses on visualizing what happens at the beginning stages of an embryo's life: one cell divides into two, two into four and so forth. By drawing with acid directly on a copper plate, the printed images are soft and transparent much like how you would observe the cells through a microscope, the arrangement of light and dark images hinting at cell diagrams that you may discover in a 19th century book on cytology.
Cell Sketches was printed at Russell Janis in 2018 by the artist and Janis Stemmermann in an edition of ten. Cell Sketches, spit bite aquatint on copper plates printed on Somerset paper, image: 15.75 x 15.75 inches, paper: 19.5 x 15 inches, $325
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