Plate 52: What a tailor can do!, from The Caprichos, 2013
Etching and aquatint
‘How often progress is used to mask another plot. This cold figure promised a spectacular show, but those who looked beyond it saw terror.’
Edition of 12. Plate 52 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: ’52’; titled in the plate lower center: ‘What a tailor can do!’. 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.