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Midnight Olive Trees Print

Christine So

United States

Printmaking, Cyanotype on Paper

Size: 18 W x 36 H x 0.1 D in

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About The Artwork

UNFRAMED. Ships rolled in a tube. Though this may look like a screen print or aquatint etching, there is no ink or printing press involved. My botanical cyanotypes are each one-of-a-kind slow cameraless photographs made outdoors using fresh cut plants and natural light. There is no lens and there is no etched plate or printing press. As much time is spent in their composition as goes into the exposure and rinsing. This is a triple-exposure cyanotype, which means that the plants were laid in three different locations on the photo-sensitive paper for carefully measured amounts of time, creating the ghostly overlapping images you see, with the last image being the dominant one. Every botanical cyanotype I make is a unique monotype. There is no way to reproduce exactly the same effects even if I keep the same plant cuttings to use in a series before they wilt. There is no carved block nor etched copper plate—only the sun causing the photo chemicals to darken every second that it remains exposed to light.

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Printmaking:Cyanotype on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:18 W x 36 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 www.christineso.gallery/ 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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