Perpetuum Mobile LXXXI
Mezzotint print on Hahnemuhle Copperplate 230g/m2 paper. Limited edition of 1/30, signed and numbered by artist Tomasz Winiarski.
Mezzotint is a printmaking process of the intaglio family, technically a drypoint method. It was the first tonal method to be used, enabling half-tones to be produced without using line- or dot-based techniques like hatching, cross-hatching or stipple. Mezzotint achieves tonality by roughening the plate with thousands of little dots made by a metal tool with small teeth, called a "rocker." In printing, the tiny pits in the plate hold the ink when the face of the plate is wiped clean. A high level of quality and richness in the print can be achieved. See the video on how it is done.
Perpetuum mobile refers to the idea of eternal movement, in which certain ideas arise from previous ones, while creating new ones. In my work one can trace the development of certain motives, formal problems and solutions over several years. You can also see how some of the elements come back to give birth to new works.
Winiarski has always believed that, unlike the dominant trend in contemporary art, the image will be defended. "I take this into account in my work - references to real elements can be found in my prints, which allows the recipient to self-interpret. I believe that my add-ons may limit only the viewer."