Wither & Perish


21 x 15 cms

Double Plate Photo etching onto 280 gsm Cotton Rag Paper


Using dead weeds and leaves that have turned skeletal, this body of work is called Wither & Perish and it explores notions related to  the  cyclical and impermanent nature of life.


There are five prints that form this body of work; the one above is the only one to incorporate a photographic image, and like the leaves the photograph itself had begun to deteriorate, discolour and show the signs of age.

Most of the prints are relief photo-gravure prints; the one above is a layered two plate print incorporating one relief print in gold and a sepia intaglio photo etching.

The title of the works come from the Hymn ‘Immortal, Invisible’, Verse 3 …


To all life thou givest, to both great and small;

in all life thou livest, the true life of all;

we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,

and wither and perish; but nought changeth thee.

                                                                                  W. Chalmers Smith


Wither & Perish I

21 x 7.5 cms



Wither & Perish II

15 x 10.5 cms

Wither & Perish X

Two plate Print 21 x 15cms

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