In these prints, Nettles focused on the lives of her children at ages four and seven. Specifically she was interested in their fears and delights. At that age, they were mainly unaware of some of the truly frightening challenges that awaited them. These photographic etchings dealt with their concerns by faithfully recording their artifacts, drawings, sculptures, collections and hobbies. Her concerns as a parent, and anxieties for the future of all children, determined the form that these images took.


Landscapes of Innocence

All images are 9.5" square photo-etchings. The plates were made from photographs on copper using a photomechanical method. These were then altered further in the printmaking studio utilizing more traditional methods including aquatints, soft-grounds, and etched lines. Specific colors of ink were mixed for each image. Prints were pulled personally by Bea Nettles.

Photo-etchings in Landscapes of Innocence are signed and dated 1985. Edition size was planned to be 20, with only 8 prints  per plate realized. The plates have been recycled. 

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To view the entire portfolio visit the Krannert Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.