On the morning of the 1st March, during ARCO 2019, the American photographer and artist Mariana Cook presented her new series at a private viewing hosted by Factum Arte: 13 black-and-white images inspired by the fascinating variety of patterns and textures unintentionally thrust upon the tools and objects in use throughout Factum's workshop, ranging from a painter's vest, cast salt, and a butcher's knife.
These works were made while Mariana Cook was in residency in the workshop, where she was infused by the dynamic relationship between people and tools. By isolating functional objects from their context, Cook develops thought-provoking subjects.
The resulting prints were formed through aquatinted copper plates being printed upon 300 gsm Somerset Satin paper with Charbonnel etching ink, producing the deep black in each print. The shape of the object, untouched by the inked plate, was then coated with clear gelatin over which a digital pigment print was precisely registered on Factum Arte's flatbed printer. A UV resistant varnish was applied to the digitally printed elements in order to enhance the difference between the black of the background and the tonal subtlety of the 'fetishes', adding a physical dimension to the images.
A film by Óscar Parasiego