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The pun in the title is not frivolous, for the latin expression inviting us to seize the day befits a fish with such a strong symbolism of perseverance and courage. The hand-cut collage plate was constructed using – amongst other things - netting, lace, tissue paper, and lentils. The bulky materials have embossed the paper really nicely, which isn’t visible on a two-dimensional photograph. The plate was inked by hand using mainly sepia with a bit of prussian blue and red ochre to give certain textured areas a lift. Each time I inked the plate I changed the balance of colours slightly, so as a result each fish has his own particular character.

“Carpe diem”

Hand-inked collagraph print, 3/15

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