About the Element
Titanium, atomic number 22, is light, strong, lustrous and resistant to corrosion, even in sea water. It is a silvery-white metal and can be alloyed with iron, aluminium, vanadium and other elements to produce many lightweight alloys. It is used in everything from spacecraft to dental implants, and because it can burn in both air and nitrogen, it makes great fireworks.

Titanium was discovered in England in1791 and was named for the Titans of Greek mythology. I took my inspiration from the Titan allusion and have displayed the most famous Titan, Prometheus, who brought fire to mankind, against the wishes of an angry Zeus.

Here is Prometheus with a high-tech, titanium robotic arm, holding aloft a burst of fireworks. As serendipity would have it, fireworks can look remarkably like a spray of fennel blossoms, the seed of which Prometheus hid fire in to sneak it past the Gods.

No good deed goes unpunished, but that's another story.

About the Print
Baltic Birch woodblock, Daniel Smith water-based inks; the yellow ochre is rolled on and the black is tapped on; the Greek key band is a yellow ochre/black mix.

About the Printmaker
I am Ellen Shipley. Woodblock is my medium of choice, but I also enjoy intaglio etching and viscosity monotype. Printmaking is an obsession, squeezing out my first love, tapestry weaving.

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by Ellen Shipley

Symbol: Ti
Atomic number: 22
Atomic weight: 47.867