Alchemic Record studies the first step in the delicate process of lithography - graining.
Lithographic limestones require a clean, grease free surface in order to etch an image. These naturally fine grain stones must first be ground completely smooth to level the surface of any prior images or imperfections. The limestone is first doused with water and carborundum grit, a black silicone carbide abrasive, and a hand turned levigator is used to agitate the surface of the stone in conjunction with the grit, eventually cleansing the surface in preparation for etching.
This series closely examines the topographical manifestations that are created within the process of graining a lithographic limestone. Each image was coated with limestone sediment and gum arabic, the latter of which is used on lithographic stones to protect and preserve the etching.