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Question 7: Did you develop a personal technique in the use of these media? If so, how would you describe it?


Of the different techniques that I touched on, I started working on woodcut. I believe that the way I approached it was somewhat particular. It started with small pieces of wood, and progressively, defying the limits, larger and larger woods were secured and worked on. Then wood had restrictions, so I moved on to monotype, which was closer to the direct technique of a painter. It was more spontaneous, you saw the results right away; it’s not like cutting wood. You spend hours and hours carving the wood before printing it. The monotype is ink that is put on a plate, it’s wiped off, worked on, and in one day I could make 100 passes on the press, which meant that I had much more instantaneous results. The other factor of the monotype that I developed was to make them larger. I think that at one point there were monotypes that were 8 feet long, they were made by assembling, but they became larger and larger. Some works I made were 16 feet long and 4 feet high. So the monotype is a way of pushing the limits but also to explore more quickly. After that, I went back to wood engraving, and that’s more or less what I do now, woodcuts with lithography. I have always done lithography on a consistent basis, but never solely lithography. That’s to say, I did woodcuts and from time to time I would do a litho. Now, with the new lithographic techniques, I do it constantly and I see myself progressively blending wood and lithography.