In the autumn of 2022 NPG commissioned me to make a mezzotint of a human eye. The newly refurbished galleries now include space for the NPG’s extensive print collection and they were keen to include a contemporary example of mezzotint. A team came to the studio in November and filmed the making of the plate, alongside my partner Paul making a traditional line engraving. Plate, print and film are now on permanent display in Gallery 11 at the NPG. It was an absolute honour.
The ‘eye’ is my daughter’s. I wanted to make an eye on the verge of tears. A young eye weeping for the state of the world.
The film can be viewed here