American, born 1953
19 7/8 x 15 7/8 inches
Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, Friends of the Wichita Art Museum
Not Currently on Display
About the Artwork
In her extraordinary mezzotint image of the Remington Noiseless, Carol Wax confers the majesty of a holy icon upon an object, which is now a relic from the dawn of the modern technological age. Capitalizing upon the particular faculty of the mezzotint for the rendering of brilliant highlights against velvety blacks, Wax depicted the polished metal surfaces of the antique typewriter illuminated by means of strongly focused and theatrically placed light sources. This dramatic transformation of a commonplace still life object typifies the imagery of Wax, who is one of the leading practitioners of an exacting medium.
Carol Wax was born in New York City. She originally wanted to be a musician and earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1975. Almost immediately afterward, however, Wax enrolled in printmaking courses and changes her career focus to the visual arts. Working in conventional print media Wax found she liked to build light areas on the plate out of dark backgrounds. Her fellow printmakers suggested that she investigate mezzotint.