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Sue Fuller (American, 1914-2006) "Sorceress", soft-ground etching, 1948, printed in 1985, on wove paper, signed

Sue Fuller (American, 1914-2006) "Sorceress", soft-ground etching, 1948, printed in 1985, on wove paper, signed

Item Description:

On wove paper, signed and dated in pencil lower right, titled in pencil lower center and inscribed "Studio Proof" in pencil lower left, apart from the edition of approximately 50 printed in 1985, published by the artist, and printed by Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, with full margins, the printer's blind stamp lower right.

Please note that this item will ship after Sept. 1, 2015.


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report.


Private collection of Cheryl Pelavin, 1985.


Height 12 in. x Width 14.5 in. (plate)

Height 22 in. x Width 27.75 in. (sheet)

About The Artist:

Sue Fuller is most well-known for her string compositions and soft-ground etchings. Fuller studied at Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, and at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Fuller worked with Hans Hofmann as well as with Stanley William Hayter at his studio, Atelier 17. Under Hayter's aegis, she began experimenting with printmaking and intaglio techniques that made use of textiles to create pattern and texture.

Intaglio printing is a printmaking process whereby images are printed from ink held in the recessed or incised areas of the plate. Etching is a specific intaglio process that uses acid to incise the plate.

Fuller's work is most readily associated with the New York modernist, Constructivist, and Abstract Expressionist artists with whom she worked closely.

Fuller has had solo exhibitions at venues across the US and abroad, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (1951), the Smithsonian Institution (1947), the Nishi Machi School, Tokyo, (1954), and the Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas (1956). Her works reside in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Tate Gallery.

\"Sorceress" is an example of Fuller' abstract "string compositions". In "Twentieth century cat's cradle" for Crafts Horizon (1954), Fuller wrote "String. How many times we've used it in a lifetime is hard to calculate...My interest in string as an art medium was awakened rather as a by-product of experimentation in quite another field - that of print making, specifically, soft-ground etching. Since etching is a painter's medium, my concern was with creating interesting visual texture." This work is characteristic of Fuller's playful and experimental approach to printmaking and her innovative use of organic and non-organic materials. Soft-ground etching processes allows for all manner of natural objects to be introduced into the soft ground (usually wax or tallow) coating the plate. Fuller described soft-ground etching as akin to "child's play".


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Sue Fuller (American, 1914-2006) "Sorceress", soft-ground etching, 1948, printed in 1985, on wove paper, signed

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