"The artist represents herself simultaneously as a private person and as archetype in many of the works exhibited, swinging, in a continuous to and from, between the real and the symbolic, between good and evil, between life and death. Her memories are frescos painted on the walls of memory."
— Frangments of An Inner Speechby José Sousa Machado
Born in Paris in 1965, Constança Meira now lives and works in Lisbon.
A unique print, typically painterly in effect, made by applying paint or printing ink to a flat sheet of metal, glass, or plastic. The painted image is transferred to paper either by manually rubbing or using a press. Mediums are applied to the plate using two different methods. In the additive, or “light-field,” technique, ink or paint is applied directly to the plate, often with a brush. In the subtractive, or “dark-field,” technique, the plate is covered with a layer of ink or paint, and the image is formed by manipulating and removing the ink or paint using a variety of tools, including brushes, rags, or the artist’s fingers. Each plate typically yields one monotype, but subsequent pulls (sometimes called “ghost impressions” because of their relative faintness) can be made from the residual mediums on the plate.
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