Coignard describes himself as “a painter who is making engravings. And this only interests me if I am able to multiply a work and still keep the originality that inhabits my paintings.” He has found a perfect technique to achieve this in the use of carborendum as a material in platemaking. After exposure to intense heat, the carborendum granules are trapped on the plate, creating a “superstructure” upon which to work. The result allows the ink not to be absorbed, creates a white surface, and allows the artist to shift materials and re-work the surface. A three-dimensional visual statement is produced. The paper itself is vital to his style. It is hand-cast and heavily textured. Architectural lines and angles and stenciled letters create abstract forms, and the artist hand-colors each print with the bright oranges and blues which reflect the earth, sea and sky of the south of France.