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Printmaking has come a long Way
Reviewer Mark St. John Erickson
Daily Press, Sunday Dec. 10, 2000
Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA
Carol FitzSimonds’ hand-colored aquatints blend both the old and the new, using a centuries-old etching technique to create a contemporary, often deceptively abstract view of her surroundings.
Working from both photographs and detailed sketches, she explores the world
of old houses, porches, fences and gardens intently, focusing so closely on details of light, shape and shadow that the structures themselves are virtually forgotten.
FitzSimonds’ hand-drawn lines add to the elusive impact of these lush, often mysterious outdoor realms. So does the sensuous progression of aquatint
tones from lightest gray to blackest black, especially after the artist goes back over each image and reinforces this effect through the judicious application of color.
What results are walls of brick, rows of pickets and even clumps of leaves
that appear charged with an unusual visual energy. Look at them long enough and they begin to move according to some wonderfully elegant yet previously unnoticed rhythms.