Plate 53: What a diamond skull!, from The Caprichos, 2013
Etching and aquatint
‘This looks like a meeting of critical thinkers, but this skull is rambling off numbers while the onlookers struggle to stay awake. To talk about esthetics in terms of value will create a market of empty work and makers that follow formulas.’
Edition of 12. Plate 53 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: ’53’; titled in the plate lower center: ‘What a diamond skull!.’. 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.