The writers muse

The Writer's Muse

Piece description from the artist

Drawing the human body is a constant source of inspiration for Hana Shoup’s art. Using this process of printmaking, she repeats the image of an ancient torso, alters each one to make it unique, and presents it as a timeless form.
Process:
“Each of these works on paper is a one-of-a kind print using the process called etching. First, I draw my image with my sharp tools onto a metal plate, which I previously covered with gum Arabic, an acid-resisting layer. Then I submerge the plate in an acid bath. The acid eats (or “etches”) the areas on the plate I uncovered. The stronger the acid, the deeper and darker the lines of the image. I repeat these steps until I am satisfied with my image. After this I polish areas on the plate with a burnishing tool to smooth texture and bumps, so some areas will print more lightly. I then scrape ink onto the plate, gently wiping away the highlights with old newspaper. Next I move to the bed of the roller press. I sandwich the inked plate between dampened, %100 cotton rag paper, and a protective square of felt and turn the wheel on the press. The press bed rolls the plate under massive pressure to impart the ink into the paper. At this point, I can use the plate to repeat this process and make another print with the same image.”

Other works by Hana Shoup

About Hana Shoup

Denver, CO

I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew constantly all through childhood. Animals were my first models, both real (my menagerie of pets) and fantastic (dragons and such). Despite this obsession with drawing, I did not pursue art as a career until college. During my undergraduate education, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I absorbed these subjects like a sponge, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting concentration from Baylor University. I traveled abroad, and lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the States, I dove into art again. I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore. I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast and to attend MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I currently live in Denver.

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