About the Element
Discovered on May 30, 1898 by Sir William Ramsay, a Scottish chemist, and Morris M. Travers, an English chemist, while studying liquefied air. Small amounts of liquid krypton remained behind after the more volatile components of liquid air had boiled away. The earth's atmosphere is about 0.0001% krypton.

The high cost of obtaining krypton from the air has limited its practical applications. Krypton is used in some types of photographic flashes used in high speed photography. Some fluorescent light bulbs are filled with a mixture of krypton and argon gases. In 1960, the length of the meter was defined in terms of the orange-red spectral line of krypton-86, an isotope of krypton.

About the Print
Three color silkscreen. The background colors were printed using paper stencils taped to a screen; the detailed outline layer was burned into photographic emulsion. Printed with acrylic paints and acrylic printmaking medium, onto white 180gsm BFK rives printmaking paper.

The image itself was drawn without too much scientific fact in mind. I wanted to base these on what words like ‘krypton’ immediately bring to mind. For me, comic books, super heroes and radiation! Krypton is not in fact radioactive, and certainly not going to give you super powers.

About the Printmaker
I am an artist from NSW, Australia. I’ve always been a keen drawer, and love processes that are an extension of that – like printmaking. Silkscreen in particular seems to suit my drawing style well – being able to keep the detail of line work, but also add different qualities to lines and add more depth to a work with use of color and layers.

I'm still studying at university and hope to eventually emerge with a degree in fine art [what I'll do with it is another story] but until then I'm happy to use the schools equipment to my full advantage. I also have a nice little silk screen set up in my nice little apartment, because although the university does close sometimes, my imagination never does.


by Lisa Kirkpatrick

see also: Francium

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