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Cloudy Day Marsh Grass Triptych (24 x 36") Photograph

Christine So

United States

Photography, Cyanotype on Paper

Size: 36 W x 24 H x 0.1 D in

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These are TWO separate unframed 18 x 24 inch monotypes. Each is unique, impossible to replicate. They ship together in the same box. *Note: It is impossible to buy this pair and the Cloudy Day Marsh Grass 1 & 2 prints I listed individually as they are the same two artworks. Save money and save the artist time packing by buying both together here as a diptych. This pale bluish gray is a very difficult color to achieve with the cyanotype antique photographic process. This one is more pale gray than pale green. I have some other cyanotypes that are more of a mint green in this collection. Although this looks like a screen print or woodcut, it is actually a form of 19th-century photography. The normal color of a cyanotype (blueprint) is dark blue and white. However, this slate gray and cream cyanotype was made by dramatically altering the ratio of two photo chemicals in the mix before brushing it on the paper. This monotype was made with fresh-cut Native Californian wild grass from my garden. The species of tall marsh grass is called Gray Rush or the latin name Juncus Patens. It is native to Northern California and grows in local wetlands. If not cut back, it it would grow over 4 feet tall. Although this looks like an etching or block print, it is a cyanotype, a type of 19th century cameraless photography also known as blueprints or sun prints. Each blade of grass was laid in that position by me by hand. There was no cameral nor photo negative. It is a precise and slow-going process composing a picture with hundreds of solid objects, pinning them under glass, and capturing their silhouette with sunlight on paper I had painted with photosensitive chemicals. Every one of my botanical cyanotypes is an entirely unique monotype as the cut plants are laid in that one exact composition only once. There is no copper plate; there is no ink or printing press.

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Photography:Cyanotype on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:36 W x 24 H x 0.1 D in

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Clients include: Timothée Chalamet, Starbucks, Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville), Jumaira Resort, Lux Habitat Sotheby’s International (Dubai), Wyndham Worldmark Hotels, Kimpton Hotel Monaco (Salt Lake City), Mazars Accounting, Limelight Hotel Mammoth (California), MD Anderson Hospital (Houston), Oncology Center, Houston Methodist Hospital. For a complete list of my corporate clients, visit the "About" page of my website To see videos of my artistic process, visit me on instagram at @christinesogallery I live in the woods in northern California looking out across the San Francisco Bay towards the hills of Marin, San Francisco and Angel Island. The distant blue hills of my “Faraway Hills” series are ever-present fixtures in my real life. Down below is the bay and above is an endless web of tree branches. Their silhouettes have etched themselves into my memory. My paintings and prints are always nature-inspired and nearly always monochromatic. Having spent a decade as a printmaker making woodcuts, linocuts, etchings, aquatints and monotypes, my mind works in monochrome. I focus on a single color, composition, positive and negative space, pattern, lines and shape. I currently work in two mediums, acrylic painting and cyanotypes, a form of camera-less photography. Cyanotypes are a 19th century form of lensless photography also known as photograms, blueprints and sun prints. They resemble block prints or etchings but use no ink nor printing press. Light “etches” the image on paper I had painted with light-sensitive chemicals. MY NEWEST SERIES OF ABSTRACT CYANOTYPES: My technique is a form of experimental photography, much like the action painters Morris Louis, who poured his veil paintings, or Jackson Pollock who dripped and drizzled his. My abstract cyanotypes are luminous like watercolor paintings but are actually photographs. Each is a multiple-exposure lensless photograph make through deliberate movements of the light-sensitive paper during exposure to light. 

Different sections of the paper were exposed to light for a longer or shorter time, yielding multiple shades of blue. Each abstract cyanotype is entirely unique. These same lines, shapes and shades of blue cannot be recreated as the exposure of the paper was heavily manipulated by me during each printing.

 A traditional single-exposure cyanotype yields a white silhouette against a dark blue background.

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