Into the Woods Collage by Christine So

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Painted 1.5 inch sides
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Into the Woods

Christine So

United States

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Size: 36 W x 36 H x 1.5 in

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Collage: Paper, Cyanotype, Monotype, Printmaking on Wood.

‘Into the Woods’ was created in the fifth month of the ever-worsening COVID pandemic in the United States. It’s fortunate that the hiking trails in the woods near my house have not been closed to the public during this time. It is one of the few bright spots and places that remains unchanged in my life. While the particular leaves used to make the printed paper of this collage came from my own garden and not the real woods, I tried to evoke the feeling of being under a dense canopy and the tall straight tree trunks like the redwoods near my house in California.

Each strip of paper in this collage is a hand-printed cyanotype print made using plants in my own garden. I have four different Japanese maple trees. I chose the delicate leaves of the Acer dissectum variety and printed papers repeatedly in different hues of the same blue by varying the seconds of exposure to light. The very narrow yellow strips were blue prints that I “toned” or turned lighter with detergent. The green strips of paper are a multilayered print of blue over an initial toned yellow print.

The fine white lines showing between all the colored strips are not paper but are rather the painted white wood panel that they are mounted upon which shows through. The white background has become an integral part of of the picture much in the way that the white in a watercolor painting comes about by simply leaving it bare rather than applying white paint.

The 1.5 inch deep sides of the wood panel are painted the same white which continues from the front to the sides and a sturdy hanging wire is attached to the back, making it ready to go on the wall without framing.


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