Joanne Greenbaum - Twizzler
American, b.1953
Twizzler, 2008
Etching on aquatint on Hahnemuhle bright white paper, 57 x 43 inches
Edition of 12
Harlan & Weaver, Inc.

Alumni Gift

Born in New York in 1953, Greenbaum has lived there most of her life, and received her BA from Bard College. She is known for her large scale paintings and prints that integrate color with line, and drawing. The architectural forms she uses are unusual, as are the handwritten numbers and gesture lines she uses to deconstruct them and make almost collage-like compositions.

Process is paramount for Greenbaum, and in Twizzler this concern is amply evident. Greenbaum employed multiple intaglio techniques—softground etching, line etching, sugar-lift and spit-bite aquatint—while exploring the many possibilities of mark-making on a large scale. The end result is a complex and ambitious color etching infused with movement. The viewer’s progression is directed through spatial intricacies of overlapping line and color.