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Collage: cyanotype, monoprint on Paper, Wood.
This collage is part of the same series that Saatchi Art featured April 27, 2020 'New This Week' collection. This small study in composition is the seventh in my 'Night and Day' dichromatic series of collages using my hand-printed cyanotypes. The metaphor of night and day, suffering and relief, struggle and triumph, continues.
They each measure 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm) and together span anywhere from 16 inches horizontally to 20 inches, depending on how they are spaced.
Each of the cyanotypes that was cut up to assemble one of my collages was a unique monotype made from plants in my own garden. Cyanotypes, also known as blueprints or sun prints, are a 19th century alternative photographic process which does not require a camera lens.
The blue print in the collage was made using branches from a beautiful species of Japanese maple tree in my garden called a Dancing Peacock Japanese Maple whose large leaves each have 9 points. The yellow print of vines from my garden wall which continues from the left panel to the right began as a blue cyanotype. I toned” or altered its color with sodium carbonate to achieve the butter yellow you see.
There is a very slim 3/16 inch border of gold painted wood showing around the image when viewed from the front and the four 3/4 inch side edges are painted gold. This eliminates the need for a frame.
The papers used in the collage are heavy 100% acid-free watercolor paper which will not yellow with age. The surface is permanently sealed with a transparent, matte layer of cold wax to protect it.
The artist's proceeds from the sale of this piece will go to Fair Fight, an organization focused on free and fair elections in the U.S. It was founded by Georgia democrat Stacey Abrams with a mission to end Republicans' voter suppression tactics and elect more progressive voices to public office.
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