Plate 63: Look how solemn they are, from The Caprichos, 2013
Etching and aquatint
‘The print shows two students exercising to excess. The broadcasting of their triumph transforms the unwilling participant to a blur and halts their careers before they even start.’
Edition of 12. Plate 63 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: ’63’; titled in the plate lower center: ‘Look how solemn they are.’. Numbered, signed, and dated in pencil.
The Caprichos, by Emily Lombardo, is a series of etchings which are in direct conversation and homage to Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos, 1799. Both reveal the dark underbelly of cultural movements which ultimately serve to divide society across economic, racial, political, religious, and gender lines. Lombardo brings these issues into contemporary light through a queer feminist lens.
This edition was published by Childs Gallery and printed at The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (Norwalk, CT) by printer Opal Ecker DeRuvo. Hahnemühle Copperplate Bright White paper and Portland Black ink where used for this edition.