There is an exhibition currently at the VMFA entitled Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection. Wenceslaus Hollar was a Baroque printmaker who produced nearly 2500 etchings. When you walk into the exhibition, the first thing you do is pick up a magnifying glass. Upon closer inspection of the prints are these AMAZING hidden worlds. Exploring the images felt a bit like looking at Where's Waldo? pages. There's just so much to see!
I wrote this poem about the etching process and the surprise animal hidden in the title page of a book on flora and fauna.
begin with copper plate
coat with wax
apply a sharp tool with skill
bathe in acid
remove remaining wax
ink and clean
place dampened paper over plate
mirror image now revealed
showcase the brilliance of
the artist’s mind
is that a unicorn?
Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2019. All rights reserved.
Happy Wednesday all. See you tomorrow for another original poem.