To make a collagraph plate, I drag gesso across a cardboard surface and slice into it, using other tools to abrade and lacerate, I create an active and complex surface. Sometimes torn shapes are embedded to create more relief. Grit of various sizes might be driven into the gesso that will hold more ink, making darker areas in the final print. When the gesso dries, I cut back into the scarified topography that is appearing, creating more refined lines. I selectively wipe and roll ink into the dried image. Recently, I have been using etching, relief and gelatin printing to create contrasting line quality and layering within the prints. Finally, paper is laid across the plate, covered with blankets and rolled through the press.
Delphine Sherin lives and works in Midcoast Maine. Her work has been shown throughout New England, including in Maine at: Circling the Square Fine Arts (Gardiner), June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Lewis Gallery at the Portland Public Library, Portland Museum of Art, and Jameson Gallery (Portland), Waldoboro Public Library and Tidemark Gallery (Waldoboro) among others. She received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2009. Delphine has served as President of the Board, and an instructor at the Midcoast Printmakers in Damariscotta Maine since 2010. She has participated in continuing studies programs in Santa Fe, NM, and at Maine College of Art in Portland, and the Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta.