American, born 1949
To create a debossed print, an artist presses wet paper between printing plates that leave the paper fibers permanently fixed in a new configuration. This work is considered a “blind debossing” because Valerie Arber did not apply any ink to these depressed areas. Her only intervention was to introduce subtle differences in depth. In rendering a linear construction without ever applying drawn lines, Arber’s work on paper is evocative of three-dimensional sculpture.
Label from The Swindle: Art Between Seeing and Believing, May 26–October 28, 2018