About the Element
Turns our there is a small town of Antimony, Utah, and I based my image on aerial maps of the town and surrounding region. A lot of towns in the American West were named for the elements, minerals and ores found in the area (lots of place-names with gold, copper or silver in the name, for example, and also places like Leadville, Colorado, and Quartzite, Arizona). The town of Antimony appears to be one of the most unusual examples.

About the Print
It is a photopolymer etching (solarplate etching) of an image drawn in Illustrator, laser printed on clear film, and hand-altered with a wax pencil before exposing the final plate. I inked the plate relief (rather than intaglio) for this print to get the effect I was after. Daniel Smith water-based oil ink on Somerset "newsprint gray" paper.

About the Printmaker
Although formally trained as a biologist, I have long been interested in photography and printmaking. I have tried a wide variety of printmaking techniques, including linocut, monotype and collograph. But when I learned photopolymer etching (know by the trade name solarplate etching), I felt I'd found the right fit. The technique allows me to combine digital work with the wonderfully hands-on feel of mixing inks, tearing paper and pulling prints in a hand-cranked printing press.

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Antimony
by Stephanie Mohr

see also: Thulium

Symbol: Sb
Atomic number: 51
Atomic weight: 121.760