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Process diary

Jessica Benhar

St Ives High School

Artwork title
Stages of life
HSC year
2005
ARTEXPRESS year
2006
Expressive form
Printmaking
Artist’s statement

From birth, we instinctively follow the set formulas of life – love, loss, confusion, awareness – ultimately leading to the final stage: death. My interest in human nature has led to my fascination with the individual journey.

Inspired by their delicate nature, I used intaglio etchings to represent these life stages. I also used other techniques such as sugar lift, chine collé and aquatint, with which I was able to create a softness and texture to evoke poignant moods.