For me, etching is a unique mode of expression, at once rich, complex and intriguing, closely linked to the history of art. It is one of the techniques of artistic print – in fact, the earliest one – whereby fine nuances of line and hue may be achieved. The work process is expert and exact, and the investment in each work is tremendous.
In its most basic sense, etching refers to a design drawn on a metal plate (copper, zinc, etc.); the design is either bitten into the plate by means of acid or cut into it by an engraving tool.
An artist engaging in etching must be profoundly familiar with the various materials, including acids and other chemical substances. He must be well versed in the secrets of the many and complex ‘tools of the trade’ in order to transfer images and forms from one surface (the metal plate) onto another (the paper), and obtain the desired result. Throughout the years, the art print has developed greatly, and today it encompasses a wide variety of methods and procedures. Artists who work in this medium often combine a number of processes and diverse techniques in a single work of art.
Neta Dor Lemelshtrich, 2006