About the Element
Indium was discovered by Ferdinand Reich and Hieronymous Richter while
they were studying Zinc ore for traces of Thallium. Surprised by the
unexpected brightly colored spectrograph images, they named the new
element Indium in honor of the indigo line in its atomic spectrum.
Today indium is used primarily as an ingredient in alloys used by the
electronics industry, but its first major application was as a thin,
slippery coating over ball bearings used in high performance air craft
during World War II.
About the Print
Originally intended to be a simple one color screen-print, this project
took on a life of it's own and ended up being constructed from a
polyester plate lithograph, hard ground etching, spit-bitten aquatint,
and some minor hand water coloring.
About the Printmaker
Although never considering himself an artist, Christopher Clark of
Illinois has been creating images and objects his entire life. He
prefers the term creator, builder, artisan, craftsman... really
anything other than artist. "I feel the word 'artist' has been co-opted
by pretentious blowhards and academics, (not to mention sub-sandwich
makers.) I'm more down to earth than that. Although I love creating
things, I don't feel the need to aggrandize myself with such a
self-important label. What I do isn't really world changing and I'm
fine with that." Recently, Christopher has been interested in pre-lens
alteration of digital photography, primitive handmade musical
instruments and using up free webspace.
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