Dutch artist Annemarie Petri is best known for her otherworldly and colorful etchings. Her works reflect a deep fascination with 17th and 18th century explorers and scientists’ desires to unearth the world and its treasures. In a time when there was still much to discover, there was also more to fantasize about. In her fictitious, dreamlike etchings, Petri creates a beautiful world; that of children’s fantasies and of adult imagination.
Often depicting imaginary architectural compositions and scientific drawings of flora and fauna, Annemarie’s etchings show a visible link to some famous literary and scientific works such as Jules Verne’s book 20,000 Leagues under the Sea or Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s fanciful etchings.
To make the association with 17th century etchings even stronger, Petri uses only traditional techniques to create her etchings. First, she combines existing images to create an ensemble. Once the collage is to her liking she uses tracing paper to transfer the work to the etching plate where she presses it into print and adds different colors.