Erased II

Nadija Mustapić

28 color intaglio prints on hand sanded paper, stereo sound

A continuously reworked and re-scraped intaglio plate was printed on each print in the edition. The prints have also been hand sanded after each new layer had been printed. In such system of creating a printed image, both the matrix and the print are physically erased and altered in process of arriving to the final stage.
On each print, the visible layers can be read as both additive and reductive at the same time. The edition consists of 28 non-identical prints. Even though they originate from one intaglio matrix, the prints differ due to unrepeatable hand sanding process.

Installed on gallery walls in a grid, the rhythmic sequences of physical erasures on prints reference the stumping rhythm of the abstracted human figure forms in the images. Erasure marks speak of absence and memory of material.

The sound is of a female voice singing a rhythmical melody, which is accompanied by the emphasized visual and audio rhythms of stumping footsteps.



-2004 (May)- Intermedia Gallery, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
-2004 – Coralville Express – print portfolio exchange, Iowa City, USA