Electro-Etching Workshop Residency
The Electro-etching residency introduces the artist to an alternative technique of intaglio etching, using a completely non-toxic electrical process, and thus avoiding completely the harmful acids used in traditional etching. The electro-etching residency is located within the workshop and residence of the artist Alfonso Crujera, a master printmaker and specialist in the varied techniques of etching with electrolysis.
The workspace is free from toxic emissions and respectful to the environment. The studio, measuring 70m2, is naturally lit, containing all the necessary equipment in order to etch (electrolytic unit, etching-press, tables, tools, acrylic resists and oil based resists, proof inks, vegetal cleaning agent). The workshop is available to the resident artists 24 hours a day.
The residence is a traditional coastal farmhouse, lovingly restored by the artist. The guest artist has a private apartment consisting of a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, fridge, library, and wireless internet connection. From the residence as well as the balconies, you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of the sea and surrounding farmland.
The resident artist will be introduced to the process of electro-etching copper and zinc plates instead of using traditional acids. (S)He will have access to the master’s direct and personal assistance and will have the opportunity to develop their current knowledge of non-toxic etching using electricity, applying these techniques to their own work. The artist will also learn how to assemble an electro-etching unit themselves, so they will be able to continue electro-etching in their own studio back home.
The residence is located on the north coast of the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. It is 700 metres from the neighbourhood of San Felipe, which boasts tidal swimming pools, restaurants and a beach ideal for surfing. The area enjoys a very pleasant and moderate subtropical climate year round, with average temperatures ranging between 12-28ºC.