BORCHs Butik is delighted to present the results of Marina Adams’ first collaboration with BORCH Editions.
‘AS I HAD HEARD TALES OF THE ENORMOUS AQUATINT BOX IN THE PRINTSHOP OF NIELS BORCH JENSEN, I WAS THRILLED WHEN HE INVITED ME TO COPENHAGEN TO MAKE PRINTS.’– Marina Adams
For our first collaboration with American artist Marina Adams, she made two suites of prints: a sequence of nine black and white etchings and a series of nine aquatints.
For the aquatints, ‘I UTILIZED BOTH SUGARLIFT AND SPITBITE AQUATINTS IN THESE PRINTS, CREATING RICH, DENSE, FLAT SHAPES AS WELL AS TEXTURED SURFACES AND BRUSHMARKS. THEN WE BEGAN TO PROOF THEM, EXPERIMENTING WITH DIFFERENT COLORED INKS, BOTH OPAQUE AND TRANSPARENT. AFTER THE INITIAL PROOF, I BEGAN TO SEE THE POSSIBILITIES OF WORKING ON OTHER PLATES WITH THE INTENTION OF OVERLAYING ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER, PLAYING WITH COMBINATIONS OF DRAWING, COLOR AND TOUCH.’ – Marina Adams
In the black-and-white prints, Adams experimented with the different techniques in soft and hard ground, adding drypoint as well as erasing part of the traces on the copper plate with a burnisher.
Marina Adams mainly works in painting and gouache or watercolor on paper. She understands her works as visual experiences. In her abstract forms and combinations of largely bold colors she intends to offer the beholder spaces for thought and experience.
Marina Adams was born in Orange, NJ, in 1960. She lives and works in New York and Parma, Italy. Adams has been collaborating with poets like Vincent Katz and Norma Cole on different publications. In 2016, she received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and was chosen by the American Academy of Arts and Letters to receive the Award of Merit for Painting in 2018. Solo exhibitions include Salon 94 (New York, 2017 & 2019), CUE Art Foundation (New York, 2008). She participated in group exhibitions at venues like American Academy of Arts and Letters (New York, 2018), Camden Arts Centre (London, 2017), and The Center for Contemporary Art (Bedminster, 2015). Adams has been working with BORCH Gallery & Editions since 2018.
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