About the Element

About the Print
This print was the culmination of two ideas joined together for one finished design. I wanted to work with the concept of the molecular structure of oxygen yet I wanted to maintain a clear representative icon of oxygen for the viewer. Thus was born this three block linocut. The base block is simply a gradation of the color blue. The second or "middle" block is a textural layer. This is an abstract image of oxygen molecules printed in warm color tones of red and orange. The top block is a depiction of a 1940s US fighter pilot wearing his oxygen mask. It is printed in solid black for maximum clarity.

About the Printmaker


by Mari-Claire Vaccaro

Symbol: O
Atomic number: 8
Atomic weight: 15.999