Time & Place for Considering Optimism & Light
For purchase inquiries or more information about this new body of work, Time & Place for Considering Optimism & Light, please reach out to me, or to Candela Gallery at 804-225-5527 and Info@Candelabooks.com
Begun during pandemic sheltering-in-place, working within confines of my home boundaries, Time & Place for Considering Optimism & Light is a project-in-process of experimental prints. Each print is a unique result of sun position, shadow, negative and paper. Cyanotypes made out-of-doors are time, season and place specific. The angle of the sun moves throughout the day and across the year.
Much is surrendered, retreating into my home space, keeping within our small life, during these phases of the pandemic, in an unsteady world, awash in disturbing events. What I still have is time and place; time and place to process the world, my life, our life together, to examine my impulse to seek out joy and create beauty. Being optimistic now, savoring the brilliance of the natural world, are not the same acts as before the pandemic. Humming Irving Berlin's Depression-era lyrics - "nothing but blue skies do I see" - feels awkward, suspect, irresponsible, bitter. And useful.
These prints are made by placing gigantic negatives over large sheets of cyanotype-sensitized paper under sunlight on a mobile work table rolled onto lawn outside my studio. For each I play with distortions of light and shadow: sometimes during exposure I move paper; sometimes I raise or lower my negative or warp it; sometimes multiple times.
There are about two dozen monotypes so far. 38 inches by 25 inches. Cyanotype light-sensitive emulsion on Japanese-made kozo/abaca paper, waxed. 2020.