Plate 42: Thou who canst not, from The Caprichos, 2013
Etching and aquatint
‘They choose to be part of a cavalry which serves the rider and the beast. Who is which is up to them, but their pleasure depends on the act.’
Edition of 12. Plate 42 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: ’42’; titled in the plate lower center: ‘Thou who canst not.’ 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.