Refugee Boat by Jay Handy
Original Monoprint. A juxtaposed setting: a capsizing boat in the Mediterranean filled with refugees (Syrians) while two beach goers appear unfazed while on holiday.
Drypoint etching with Chine Colle on paper
A juxtaposed setting: a capsizing boat in the Mediterranean filled with refugees (Syrians) while two beach goers appear unfazed while on holiday.
An insight into Handy’s printmaking process:
I attempt to capture a time, place, or circumstance generally stemming from a long-lost photo. From there, I engrave lines into either a copper or acrylic plate that is corresponding with the photo. I will take the captivating subject of the picture, using the method called “chine collé,” and adhere the image to the art sheet of paper, sending it through the press at 1400lbs of pressure along with the ink-filled engraved lines on the plate. The ink and the delicate tissue paper with the image all become one piece.–Jay H.
Jay Handy was living in foster care during his teens. His art today reflects the synthesis of a natural nostalgia for youth and his tumultuous past. While he experimented with encaustic painting, Jay finally settled upon a unique formula that has become the language through which he creates the otherworldly atmosphere his work is known for — etching and chine collé.
You can see Handy's artwork in the exhibition.