Ian Chamberlain's etchings are intricately defined and yet maintain an abstract quality. The majority of the subjects and locations he records were considered at the forefront of technology at their point in time. Some of those technologies are now defunct or have been reconfigured for different uses.
The subject matter, therefore, is echoed in the process used to record it. You can see evidence of drawing within the etchings continually changing hierarchy and emphasis which brings into focus new elements and pushes others back. The subject itself is removed from its surroundings and the familiar and has an ambiguity of scale and place that adds to the sense of the monumental and projects a feeling of the iconic.