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REFLECTIONS ON SOUND MONOTYPES

 

BRUSHSTROKE WOODCUTS

 

AGELESS MEZZOTINTS
IMPERMANENCE MEZZOTINTS

 

ARBORETUM MEZZOTINTS

 

PORTRAITS MEZZOTINTS

 

HIGH HORIZONS PAINTINGS

 

AGELESS MEZZOTINTS

 

MEZZOTINT

12.5" x 10.5"

LU QING, 2007

One afternoon walking on a narrow street in Shanghai, I passed two elderly women. They were walking arm-in-arm. One of them called my attention. As we grew closer she fixed her sharp gaze on me. The Look was warm yet serious. There was a motherly presence in her expression. Perhaps I was prone to notice this look as my mother had passed away only a few months earlier.

 

Before I turned the corner, I walked back towards the slow walking couple. I pointed my camera at them carefully and in plain sight to gauge their reaction at being photographed. To my surprise, the women stopped walking and with a kind of pride posed to allow me to take the shot.

 

For a while one of the women's faces kept haunting me. Back in my studio in New York, I was compelled to recreate that face. I never knew her name nor anything about her life. LĂș Qing (Clair) as I named her was the first mezzotint of what later became a series of elderly women portraits.

 

Eduardo Fausti