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Bernice Ficek-Swenson, American
Pyre III, n.d.
Ink on paper
9 1/8 x 6 3/4 in. (23 x 17 cm)

Object Type: Photography
Technique: Photogravure
Period: Contemporary 1946-present
Accession Number: 2017.10.1

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. . 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.

Dust-grain copper plate photogravure
Plate handmade and hand printed by the artist
This work was created sometime between 2001-2006

In pencil, left to right, below image: title, edition no.- "Presentation Proof," artist's signature.

Dust-grain copper plate photogravure: ink on Lana Royal Paper

Object Description
Vertical composition, black-and-white, depicting 11 smooth, oval-shaped stones arranged in rows along the bottom half of the composition with flames in the upper half of the composition.

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