About the Element
Discovered in 1952 by researchers examining the debris left over after the first hydrogen bomb detonations over the pacific, Einsteinium was kept secret for several years for fear of informing enemies of the U.S of the advances being made in atomic technology. Einsteinium is one of the few elements which, according to current scientific knowledge, does not occur naturally on earth. Only a very small amount of Einsteinium (1-3 mg) is produced each year, either in nuclear reactors, or in research laboratories by bombarding Plutonium with free neutrons.
About the Print
Using oil based inks on heavy Stonehenge paper, this print was made in four colors; a background of flat grainy yellow followed by two wood blocks; orange over a ghosting of blue, and finally a photographically produced intaglio plate on plexiglass printed in red-tinted burnt sienna.
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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Einsteinium
by Christopher Clark

see also: Indium

Symbol: Es
Atomic number: 99
Atomic weight: 252