Plate 34: Sleep overcomes them, from The Caprichos, 2013
Etching and aquatint
‘Sleep is the only escape for these men in captivity, so please do not wake them. There are plenty of eyes to watch their movement.’
Edition of 12. Plate 34 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: ’34’; titled in the plate lower center: ‘Sleep overcomes them.’ 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.