About the Element
Darmstadtium is the synthetic chemical element, a superheavy metal, of atomic number 110. The first atom of the heaviest chemical element was detected in Darmstadt, Germany in 1994. The element 110 decays after a small fraction of a thousandth of a second into lighter elements by emitting alpha-particles which are the nuclei of helium atoms. Reading about Darmstadtium I instantly imagined its superheavy atom lifted by an old-fashioned circus weightlifter. He is struggling under the weight while looking expectantly at his wristwatch: the weight is supposed to lighten any millisecond now.

About the Print
This is a multiple plate linocut printed with Daniel Smith oil based inks on white Rising Stonehenge paper. I ran the lime green plate first and then printed dark blue and black using the jigsaw method. Since I've done two other prints for the project (#50 and #101), I tried to make my Darmstadtium print not only look good next to the neighboring elements, but also be in style with my Tin and Mendelevium linocuts.

About the Printmaker
While studying graphic design and illustration, I came across linocut relief printmaking. At first, the medium seemed to me very plain, even dull - no tricks, no mystery. But quite soon I was completely taken in with this technique. I found that honest and straightforward, the linocut doesn't have means of hiding a poor drawing, weak composition, and lack of content, so the artist has to be excellent in all these. Even a simple black and white prints can be very powerful if it's well designed. Multiple plates, reduction technique, and gradient inking make exploring the possibilities of relief printmaking full of excitement.


by Natalia Moroz

see also: Mendelevium
see also: Tin

Symbol: Ds
Atomic number: 110
Atomic weight: 281