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On the Wings of Courage (Bessie Circling the Skies) Collage

Chloe McCarrick

United Kingdom

Collage, Cyanotype on Paper

Size: 27.6 W x 27.6 H x 1.2 D in

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Inspired by explorer of the skies, Bessie Coleman. Coleman defied the constraints of her time and soared to new heights, both literally and metaphorically. Born in a world marked by racial and gender limitations, she set her sights on the heavens, becoming the first African American woman to earn an international pilot's license. With unwavering determination, she overcame adversity, carving a path through the skies that would inspire generations to come. A lightning rod for feminism and civil rights at the turn of the twentieth century, Bessie's courage, ambition, and unyielding spirit transformed her into an aviator and a symbol of hope and empowerment, reminding us that the sky is never the limit for those who dare to dream. Technique- On The Wings Of Courage (Bessie's Circling the Skies) was created by constructing a hand-cut collage using female photographic portraiture, photographs and hand drawn illustrations of birds. After coating the handmade paper and watercolour sheets with light-sensitive chemistry, they are left to dry in a dark room. The large scale negatives are then contact printed onto the paper by exposing to daylight (UV rays). The prints are then processed by thoroughly washing in water to remove any unexposed solution. It can then be hung to dry, developing to full density Prussian blue after 24 hours. Once dried the individual component parts are cut out and mounted onto the print to create a multi-layered, 3-dimensional artwork.

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Collage:Cyanotype on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:27.6 W x 27.6 H x 1.2 D in

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I am London based artist and mixed-media printmaker. My work is a visual celebration of female trailblazers and (s)heroes past and present using alternative process photography to create an illuminating memorial honouring these fascinating and often overlooked figures. Shining a vital spotlight on these extraordinary characters, I aim to place women’s history firmly within current historical and cultural narratives by pushing the boundaries of how female photographic portraiture is viewed in the modern world. Through rule breaking and blending mediums, I use traditional photographic techniques with a contemporary, technological twist- A fusion of science, history and darkroom alchemy. By examining and developing innovative ways of reworking photographic, painted and illustrated images, I use the medium of hand-cut collage, mixed-media print techniques, and the monochromatic colour palette of Prussian blue cyanotypes to create otherworldly, surrealistic portraits suspended deep inside the paper’s surface. Seeking to record and interpret the perspectives and human experience of my subjects, I shape their stories to construct a layered whole. Using rigorous research rituals- (my methodology of collecting and interpreting data) I document their voices and their visions- their authority, knowledge, struggles and wisdom to create compelling narratives. A rich and resonant means to honour the lives and legacies of women, whose individual and collective accomplishments have enriched our lives. In rendering them visible, they serve as a totem of strength, these inspirational and empowering figures symbolise emerging hope. The portraits are chronicles of enquiry, evolving through the dialogue between myself as the artist, the subject and the viewer, with an aim to start conversations, break barriers and appeal to intellect and emotion.I hope to inform and inspire by creating narratives that capture the richness, complexity, and dimensionality of human experience in a social and cultural context. Each one leading toward a quest for new understandings and valuable insights, as well as instigating a societal sea change. “I hope my visual storytelling ignites imaginations and rouses a curiosity to delve deeper and discover more about the lives of these remarkable women. I want people to feel connected, connected to their stories and to notice the unnoticed.”

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