Cyanotype is an early photography process. Paper is treated with light sensitive chemistry, and objects or photo negatives are laid on top and put out in the sun to create unique prints.
My ongoing series of cyanotypes are made from personal collections: I gather flora and fauna by intuitive selection (usually on long walks in different environments). The collections are made on a single day, and most objects are then pressed and dried. I then arrange them in a non-hierarchical format, creating a personal taxonomy.
Selected prints have been made based on collections from Paris, France, Hudson, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Bristol, RI, Power Island in Lake Michigan, and Beach Lake, PA.
Most works here are 8 x 10 inches, printed on watercolor rag paper, and are inherently unique. To introduce some tension and an unexpected element, watercolors are chosen in direct reference to Sonia Delaunay‘s treatise Simultanisme, which speaks to the rhythm and poetry inherent to color theory. Sonia and her husband Robert Delaunay developed this practice of overlapping planes of color at the turn of the 20th century, in response to Michel Eugène Chevreul’s 1839 book De la Loi du Contraste Simultanée des Couleurs (On the Law of the Simultaneous Contrast of Colours).
I find these prints to be a great way to synthesize themes in my eclectic studio practice, encapsulating interests in found-object collection, display, composition, and a love of color. Get a fuller sense of my work HERE.