I wish I knew

Louise Hopkins


About the edition

Produced for Cove Park in DCA Print Studio, this limited edition blind embossed etching by Louise Hopkins is part of the Cove Park Portfolio. This edition is available individually or as part of a complete boxed portfolio that includes prints by the following artists: Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, Nathan Coley, Graham Fagen, Louise Hopkins, Ross Sinclair, Simon Starling. The Portfolio is presented in a high quality, lined, fabric-covered handmade box, designed by Sarah Tripp and produced by Downie Allison Downie Bookbinders, Glasgow.

Hopkins is immersed in a poetic exploration of process and the working methods that she employs translate readily from painting into print. In her paintings she often layers onto a pre-formulated ground, trace by trace, interweaving and evolving a surface material into something entirely new, while retaining the resonance of what lies beneath. These concerns are the foundation for her print for Cove Park, although Hopkins’ print doesn’t use the application of any ink. Instead she employed an embossing process that creates a delicate and shifting translation of the score for the song I Wish I Knew How It Feels to be Free. The printing plate has been developed from a lengthy process applied to an acetate photocopy of the music, with Hopkins almost completely erasing the reproduction, then meticulously re-working areas of the score so that it emerges from the page again like a handmade version.


Year 2006
Edition of 60
Media Blind Embossed Etching on Somerset Satin (300gsm) paper
Dimensions 76 x 56cm
Signature Individually signed by artist
Artist Louise Hopkins
Produced for Cove Park

About Cove Park

Cove Park is an international artists’ residency centre located on an outstanding 50-acre rural site overlooking Loch Long on Scotland's west coast. The residency programme supports national and international artists working in all art forms and at every career stage. Artists are given the time, space, freedom and financial support required for research and the development of new work. Cove Park's visual arts programme also commissions new work for presentation on site or for exhibitions with partner venues; the first Cove Park Portfolio (2007) includes limited edition art works and prints from seven leading artists connected to Cove Park and the west coast. 

Scotland + Venice 2019 - the Scottish presentation at the 2019 Venice Biennale - was commissioned and curated by Linsey Young with Cove Park and the commissioned artist, Charlotte Prodger, presented a major new solo exhibition in Venice in 2019. Cove Park celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020.

About Louise Hopkins

Louise Hopkins was included in DCA exhibitions Here + Now: Scottish Art 1990 - 2001 (2001) and Prime, the opening exhibition in DCA galleries.

Further information about Hopkins' work can be found here.

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