I have a small obsession with the one area on the outskirts of Iowa City where they are currently, slowly building up developments. It’s a road called Camp Cardinal Boulevard, in between Iowa City and Coralville, IA. I drive on this road weekly to get to my job on the Oakdale campus. Therefore, I see both the natural environmental landscape, and the man-made alterations to this landscape changing regularly.
To try to illustrate this change over time I decided to attempt a complicated and technical lithographic process called releif transposition. Basically, I drew the original image, printed it a few times in several different colors, then used large quantities of nitric acid to etch the original image into a relief. I then transposed this relief by graining down image until it was the exact reverse values of the original. I continued to change and invert the original image 5 or 6 times throughout the spring semester.
I know that was super complicated and a bit of a rushed explanation…. just look at the photos.
Besides changing the stone as I went to show change in the landscape changing I also chose to use this super complicated technique so that I could spend the semester getting more comfortable with lithographic. Lesson learned: I may never be totally confident in my lithographic technical skills… oh well. Here are the final results, a semester and a half later. Can’t wait to grain this image off and start something totally new!
And now that you have seen my interpretation of said landscape…. here are the actual photos of the drive that inspired it! Tell me what you think, did I get it?