Hanging Valley Painting by Caroline Bullock

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Painting: Cyanotype, Gouache, Ink on Paper.

The human relationship with the natural world is the primary source of inspiration for my work. Specifically, I am interested in how we create our perceived human reality with complex systems of mathematics, science and technology, but with nature as the backdrop and laboratory. Mathematics is the language of nature, but it also distorts the perception of natural beauty and mystery. Technology allows us to explore the universe, but also encourages us to manipulate nature to our peril. I am intrigued by our innate proclivity to make sense of the nonsensical, to impose rational explanations and limits upon what is natural, irrational and unconscious, and to unmask life’s invisible mysteries. The paintings and drawings that I make attempt to bridge and balance these conflicts in ways that are both unexpected and ultimately hopeful.

The works begin as a cyanotype which is a photographic contact printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. For this series I use photographs I have taken of various natural landscapes that resonate with me, such as mountain lakes, rivers, streams, or clouds and the sky. These images form the negative for the new photograph and, using sunlight, I expose the image onto paper that has been randomly dripped with a light sensitive emulsion. The new image that is created consists of unexpected areas void of information which gives the piece its dreamlike appearance. The pieces are then toned to transform the blue print to a light gray or sepia tone. It is a process that is full of chance which I enjoy and actively seek out. These images then form the background upon which I layer the geometric drawings and ink washes.


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Hanging Valley

Caroline Bullock

United States

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Size: 20 W x 20 H x 1 in

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