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Photography: Cyanotype, Gold Leaf, Contact Print, Collage, Handmade Paper on Paper, Other.
Recently showcased at the prestigious Salon Des Beaux Arts exhibition at the Louvre in Paris.
Original, circular mixed media, gold leaf cyanotype.
Hand finished with 24ct gold leaf.
Handprinted on handmade 100% recycled cotton rag paper.
This artwork was inspired by Boudicca ancient warrior Queen of the Celtic Icon tribe, an important British cultural folk hero. Her name is derived from the word victorious, she led a rebellion to fight the Roman army.
Queen Boudicca (In Gold No3) was created by photographing a hand-cut collage of female photographic portraiture, an illustration of an ancient torque and the profile of a horses head. The digital negative was then contact printed onto hand shaped circular paper that had been hand-brushed with chemicals, before drying in a dark room. Once exposed to light, the piece was washed to develop a cyan blue colour, pressed dry and then hand finished with 24ct gold leaf.
Dimensions - 300mm diameter (unframed) 385mm diameter (framed) x 30mm frame depth x 18mm frame face
Paper - Handprinted on handmade ivory recycled cotton rag paper: 320gsm / 100% Cotton Rag / Recycled / Acid Free / PH Neutral / Medium Rough
Mount - It is recommended to keep this piece float mounted when framing.
Frames are hand crafted. Float mounted in a bespoke, handmade medium sized circular frame. The frame is a deep box frame, museum grade, UV protected, anti reflective glass fronted and with a smooth finish.
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.
Size: 15.2 W x 15.2 H x 1.2 in
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