Valerie Arber

American, born 1949

Untitled

© Valerie Arber

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© Valerie Arber

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Untitled, 2002

Artwork Details

Materials

paper debossing

Measurements

sheet: 8 x 8 inches (20.32 x 20.32 cm)

Collection Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Credit

Gift of Lisa Forman Neall and Gabrielle Forman, 2012

Accession ID

2012:66.2

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

The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection