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Then IV

Cleo Wilkinson


Cleo Wilkinson’s practice focuses on the power to evoke disquieting and elusive moments with subtle nuances of hope. Her images are often mysterious and alluring, emerging out of a rich chiaroscuro tradition, where the beauty in the work comes from the play between light and dark. “I try to emphasize the singularity and silence of a form – what is missing in the shadows provides the greatest potential for me. I love nursing the life of an image out of its pitch-black womb into hope – in the form of light – the process has a primordial spiritual magic.” Wilkinson is a master of the Mezzotint Print technique, a process where the mechanics and tools of its making have largely remained unchanged for the last 300 years. The process achieves tonality by roughening the metal plate with a metal tool, a rocker. The small teeth of the rocker create tiny burrs that hold ink during the printing process. The rocked areas that are left will produce a rich black print, areas that have been burnished (knocking the burrs down) will hold less ink, producing lighter values. It is a painstaking technique, that often takes several months to prepare a plate of this size. This process produces an image with a high level of tonal richness. Then IV is one of 51 works selected as finalists in the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.

Artist Cleo Wilkinson

Cleo Wilkinson is one of 51 finalists selected for the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.

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Cleo Wilkinson

Product Information

  • Materials

    Mezzotint Print

  • Size

    37cm h x 27cm w

  • Made


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