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Photography: Cyanotype, Gold Leaf, Contact Print, Handmade Paper, Collage on Paper, Other.
Title | HYPATIA’S SCHOLARLY WORLD IN GOLD XL
Type | Original Gold Cyanotype
Inspiration | Hypatia Of Alexandria
Year | 2020
Materials | Cyanotype, handmade paper, 24-carat gold leaf
Inspiration- This artwork was inspired by respected academic and tragic heroine Hypatia. One of the last great thinkers of ancient Alexandria, she was one of the first women to study and teach mathematics, philosophy and astronomy. Widely known for her love of learning and public speaking, her reputation as a great female scholar, honoured astronomer and prominent thinker, transformed Hypatia into a feminist icon and empowering role model for female intellectuals in modern times.
Technique- Hypatia’s Scholarly World In Gold XL was created by constructing a hand-cut collage using female photographic portraiture, a photogram of a wasp nest combined with hand-painted chemigrams creating planetary structures.
After coating the handmade paper with light-sensitive chemistry, it is left to dry in a dark room. The large scale negative is then contact printed onto the paper by exposing to daylight (UV rays). The print is 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 the image is fixed it is hand finished with 24-carat gold leaf.
Unframed: 550mm diameter
Framed: 700mm diameter x 30mm frame depth x 18mm frame face
Handmade recycled cotton rag paper: 320gsm / 100% Cotton Rag / Recycled / Acid Free / Medium Rough
We use float mounting for all of our framed cyanotypes. The artwork floats above a snow-white 8001 mount board, to showcase the paper texture and deckled edging.
Framed artwork will arrive ready to hang.
Each frame is handmade by our London based design team.
All frames come with gallery spec, 3mm thick Artglass AR70 / 3mm anti-reflective/ 79% UV protected glazing as standard.
This is taken from a series of cyanotypes based on females in history and mythology. Ones who particularly inspire me, deserve to be recognised and celebrated as powerful figures in time.
I want to visually tell a story with each piece to celebrate the lives of these amazing women using portraiture, symbolism and surrealism.
I expose all my pieces in natural light for up to a couple of weeks. Printing in all weather conditions, doing everything by eye and in the most organic way possible, this enables me to be at one with each piece I create.