Tamar Etingen

Descending Form
24 x 40 gelatin plate monotype, 2015


I work with a constantly changing assortment of mediums, which I combine and recombine as I pursue my vision. I am currently working as a monotype printmaker, using gelatin plate print techniques. Most recently, I have been obsessed with the luminous color and abstract layered imagery which I have developed using gelatin plate printmaking. I have been fascinated with this process and its ability to include found objects and plant materials thereby creating a tension between manufactured and organic forms. This tension has been a major element in my work for years. Making monotypes however, has provided me with a freedom of improvisation on the level of stream of consciousness writing or jazz. Developments in technology and industry, in the hands of artists, have created innovative processes and an open, freewheeling atmosphere where whatever works is good and is often accessible, low tech and non-toxic as well.


Tamar Etingen received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree from the University of California Berkeley.
She is a printmaker, sculptor, installation artist and theatrical set designer and set painter. Her work ranges from the abstract to the socially critical and satirical. She has exhibited her work in solo, collaborative and group shows in universities and galleries in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Venice, Italy, California, New Mexico and Maine. Some of her exhibits include participation in the (2012 – present) Cambridge Arts Council’s Creative Marketplace Exhibitions Program, (2013) North American Print Biennial, (2012) Boston Public Library “RethinkInk,”, (2004) Fitchburg Biennial, New Talent / New England, (2000) University of Southern California School of Architecture, Los Angeles, California. Monotypes and sculptures by Ms. Etingen are included in the collections of the Boston Public Library, Colby College and the University of Maine Orono. Public art by Ms. Etingen includes “The Aesthetics of Science”, a series of twelve monotypes commissioned by the Microbiology Department, University of Maine Orono, architectural metalwork for the Maranacook Middle School, Readfield Maine and The Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville Maine.