Ingrid Lilja Arntzen
Ingrid Lilja Arntzen (b. 1959 / Norway) prints all her graphic magazines herself. She takes the motifs from reality and a little beyond. It usually starts with pencil sketches on paper, where she then goes over to a digital drawing board and completes the subject (often using a photo she herself has taken). Clouds, water, tears and cracks in rock and nature are exciting elements she likes to knit into the composition. Finally, add additional grooves and indentations directly to the plates with different tools such as rice needle and sandpaper. When the design is finished etched and scratched, she colors each plate with ink. The plates get different inks. Plate # 1 is placed on the press table and a damp copper printing paper is placed on top. Then plate and paper are welded through the printing press by hand. The paper is lifted and plate # 1 is replaced with plate # 2 which is again welded in between. Plate # 2 is finally replaced with plate # 3. The subject in the three plates is now transferred to the paper. The image is complete, but only one copy. Since each image is colored by hand, it is different from the other images in the printout. Thus, each of her pictures is an original.
Arntzen is also a musician in various jazz and rock bands. As a Jazz drummer, she says that she is used to listening at the bottom of the soundscape. There are the lines that hold the composition together. She also uses this knowledge when making pictures. She looks for the deepest. What keeps the image vibrating. Swing it, then it will be music. Actually, it's all music.