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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Angela Wells

SPE Member since 2005
Member Chapter: Southeast

Copper Mine

I humbly admit that I have spent the many years becoming a master of copperplate
photogravure. The nature of the process embraces traditions of photography and printmaking; requires a great deal of patience, tenacity, and time; and necessitates copper. Arizona is one of the world's leading copper producers and although I enjoy imagining a drive up to Jerome to harvest my own ore and make the plates needed for my work; I order beautiful mirror polish sheets of copper from New Jersey. The lost connection between the harvest and the use is troubling. Copper Mine provides a visual record of my journey to better understand this essential material and serves as a connection between industry and culture. This project was made possible through the generous support and funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts 2010 Artist Project Grant.

Bundled Sheets



The Mist

The Pit--Ray

Clouds Over Ray

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