About the Element
Gadolinium is a silvery-white metal that crystalizes as a hexagon at room temperature. It is used extensively in consumer products, such as color TV tubes and compact discs. It has been used in medical imagining and nuclear marine propulsion systems. While relatively stable in dry air, moist air causes it to oxidize quickly and flake off. gadolinium is a component of many minerals, but is never found as a free element.

Gadolinium was first observed in 1880 by Swiss chemist Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac, and the isotope gadolinia was separated by French chemist Paul Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran in 1886. Gadolinium has been isolated fairly recently. The element was named after Finnish chemist and geologist Johan Gadolin.

About the Print
This print is a woodblock print utilizing three blocks. it is printed on unbleached mulberry paper using water-soluble Speedball ink. The TV is based on the TV of my childhood, which was a 1960’s black and white Zenith.

About the Printmaker
I live in Urbana, IL, with my husband, two cats, and a 20-year-old newt. I took one printmaking class in college, before changing my major from photography to creative writing, and recently rediscovered just how awesome it is. I enjoy making things, growing plants, reading books, hanging with nature, and making evil plans for world domination.


by Anne Bargar

see also:Tellurium

Symbol: Gd
Atomic number: 64
Atomic weight: 157.25