Planning Ahead IV Painting by justine johnson

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Painting: Watercolor, Paper, Indigo, dye, pigment on Paper.

'Planning Ahead IV' is about the idea of mapping.My work is diverse but always closely linked to process and understanding of materials including their history and connection to culture.I work intuitively, currently I am exploring ancient method of organic sugar fermentation Indigo and the consequent resonance in historical culture.
The fermentation vat is ‘alive’ ,cannot be hurried, the microbes need time to do the work and over time ‘feeding’ the vat is necessary to continue the process. Indigo is an extraordinary plant whose extract turns yellow/green when in water and blue when exposed to air. Indigo popular for more than 4000 years is still used . I think of the millions of blue jeans worn everyday. I studied indigo in Japan, the painstaking dyeing techniques of Shibori, folding,tying,wrapping and Roketsuzome a Japanese form of wax-resit dying. A ancient colour and a ancient universe is the perfect subject that captivates me.

The paper I use is archival fine washi ( Japanese paper) and I recommend framing in a fine box type frame with museum quality glass as this allows the edges to show which are a beautiful feature of the work and gives UV protection too.



Planning Ahead IV

justine johnson

United Kingdom


Size: 57 W x 42 H x 0.1 in

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