Better Version

Kate V Robertson


About the edition

This three-colour polymer photogravure print was created in DCA Print Studio as part of our DCA Editions programme following Kate V Robertson's exhibition This Mess is Kept Afloat in DCA galleries.

In this very subtle print, Robertson dissects the making of an image through a combination of hand-drawing, digital manipulation and traditional photogravure. Taking an ‘ink transfer’, achieved by cross-hatching in biro on the reverse of small patches of newsprint (specifically, parts of adverts that feature sky, sea or landscapes), Robertson transferred the newsprint image ink onto paper, in a faint echo of the original, but with the lines of cross-hatching visible. 

This image was then digitally ‘taken apart’ and made into separations of cyan, magenta and yellow which were then printed in the same process used until recently to print colour images in newspapers and magazines. 

Deliberately allowed to fall slightly ‘out of register‘ to reveal the process, the resulting print is an image that shimmers just within vision and recalls three-dimensional printing effects.


Year 2018
Edition of 12

Three-colour polymer photogravure on Somerset Satin 300gsm paper

Dimensions 40 x 52cm
Signature Signed dated and numbered by artist on recto

About Kate V Robertson

Kate V Robertson (b. 1980, Edinburgh) is based in Glasgow, having studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2003 and completing a MFA there in 2009. Recent exhibitions of her work and projects include: Object(hood), Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh 2017; Semper Vigilantes, OBJECT / A, Manchester 2016; Semper Solum, Oxford House, as part of Glasgow International 2016; Adaptive Expectations, BALTIC 39, Newcastle, 2016; In Progress, Patricia Fleming Projects, 2014. She has participated in residencies at Hospitalfield, Arbroath; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; CCA, Glasgow; and Chateau de Sacy, France. She is represented by Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow.

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