Garlic Scapes by Amy Chase Gulden, Fireplace Farm, Springs NY
Art & Objects
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200 Lexington Ave.
18″w x 15″h x 1″d
Cyanotypes (the blue) and Van Dyke prints (the brown) are unique photographic processes that don’t require a dark room or a negative, but instead rely upon (in this case) cotton papers hand-coated in particular chemicals/iron salts, objects placed directly onto the coated paper, and exposure to the sun. The areas of the paper exposed to sun turn varying shades of blue or brown, and the areas left unexposed remain white. Amount, strength and angle of sun exposure, and the opacity of the objects, are all things that will change the appearance of the final piece.
Amy has always been interested in creating art that involves chance and processes that bring her into direct contact with the living world; plants and the sun being her key collaborators of late. Years ago she began tracing the shadows cast by plants in the sunshine. Crawling around in greenery, kneeling or perching while steadying her pad of paper, and working quickly with the sun (please keep shining!) and wind (stay still just a little longer!) to capture the image. More recently she’s taken inspiration from pioneering botanist and photographer, Anna Atkins, who documented underwater plant life off the coast of England in the 1800s using the cyanotype process. Like her, she places plant materials directly onto sensitized paper, exposes the paper to the sun, and rinses it in water to stop the exposure (or in the ocean, if more convenient, as Atkins sometimes did). She loves how portable and meditative this process is and how it sharpens her focus on whatever may be growing or the things she's collecting (shells, excellent shaped tortilla chips, etc).
This collection is located at our 200 Lexington Avenue location and are offered as framed, one of a kind pieces. Please call/email for more information.