Plate 56: To rise and fall, from The Caprichos, 2014
Etching and aquatint
‘Fortune cannot be obtained on the back of freedom. To rise to power at the cost of lives will send you crashing down to earth sooner than later.’
Edition of 12. Plate 56 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: ’56’; titled in the plate lower center: ‘To rise and fall.’. 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.