Recollection, Etching and Engraving, 5"x12"
This is the work of Dellas Henke who is a printmaker and photographer living in West Michigan. Dellas is originally from Rochester NY and came here in the 80s to teach art at Grand Valley University. I had the pleasure of meeting him before he moved to MI at the University of Massachusetts where we were both part of a printmaking work shop that involved a lot of great printmaking artists from all around the country. I was there as a student and Dellas was there to assist as a printer.
You and You and You, Dellas Henke, Photograph
Dellas is a cancer survivor and this photograph comes from a series entitled Chemo Waste which chronicles his walk through the shadow of death.
Deep Rest, Dellas Henke
I spent my morning and early afternoon yesterday at Dellas' house and studio catching up after too many years since our last visit. I was reminded of how powerful his work is and how rich and varied. The way he goes from etching on copper plates to working with the camera and back again allows for a deep investigation of his very personal and poetic subject matter.
You can explore more of Dellas' work here.