We’re happy to announce Beth Weintraub as MLB’s next artist on showcase! At Sarah Lawrence College Beth studied writing, theatrical production and Intaglio etching. She worked for Broadway costume designers painting and dying fabric in New York, then in California at the San Francisco Opera making jewelry, doing leatherwork, sculpting body armor and masks.
Weintraub began working as an artist full time in 1998; etchings became her focus. Utilizing the etched metal as well as the prints, Weintraub showed her clients both sides of the etching process, selling her plates by commission as well as prints. Rejecting the idea that printing is only for repetitious editions of identical paper images, she only creates singular prints. The metal plates are all original, hand painted etchings. Photography and digital devices are not used.
Weintraub practices water based printmaking processes as well. She creates monoprints made from a series of silkscreened layers of ink. Each screen image is made from a paper cut-out, using only scissors, giving the body of work a distinctive feel. The hard edges and flat depth often found with silkscreen appear softened and enriched by her use of gradient color application.
Etched plates are rarely shown as finished art. Weintraub makes her plates so that they develop a contrasting patina. Plates are cleaned and polished to bring out the patina. After this treatment, they are no longer usable as printing plates. Etchings on paper are a mirror image of the plate. Ink is worked into the recesses etched by the acid and a second color is rolled on over the top. Then the paper and plate are rolled through a hand crank printing press to make a singular print.