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Bernice Ficek-Swenson, American
Aqua Vitae III, 2013
Ink on paper
13 x 19 1/4 in. (33.02 x 48.9 cm)

Object Type: Photography
Technique: Photogravure
Credit Line: Gift of Bernice Ficek-Swenson
Accession Number: 2014.10.2

Bernice Ficek-Swenson displays a special closeness to the land and its primitive nature, partly attributed to her upbringing in a remote area in the Dakota plains. She photographs her vast collection of stones in relation to other elements, to emphasize stones’ spiritual connection to earth. This piece from her series, Aqua Vitae III, highlights the cleansing aspects of water and the degeneration process of fire on a centered stone. Ficek-Swenson uses a copper plate photogravure to tie the continuous tone in the photograph together with the silky, tactile surface of an inked etching

In pencil, below image: artist's signature, title, edition no.

Dust-grain copper plate photogravure

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