Cyanotype and Illustration

Artist Statement

My pieces are one-of-a-kind exposures using Cyanotype, a photo process from the 1840s. I use acrylic paint to draw illustrations of farm animals and native species on top of the finished exposure. I am an artist exploring the intersection of our urban, rural, and wild spaces.

I want to highlight the strength and character of the animals I paint while putting them into the context of our modern lifestyle. Their lives depend on our choices. For example, the piece Icelandic Chickens of Whipoorwill Farm uses a heritage breed created by the vikings and suggests its current habitat by including pictures of prairie, city, and cornfield. Scientific symbols suggest the balance of creation, evidenced by the sensitivity of crops to our intervention such as chemical applications and medicines. The use of these tools requires discernment and action. The Icelandic chicken thrives with only basic care, yet the breed is on the brink of extinction. To lose this breed would be to lose a beautiful facet of human history and our reliance on our animals.

I see the artwork as recognizing a contract of co-dependance between us and the creation around us. It requires our love and respect to thrive and grow. My process of art-making reflects how I feel we can care for the world. When we care well for the small things, we care well for the big things too.

Icelandic Chickens of Whipoorwill Farm, 2017, 18x36", Cyanotype, Acrylic, and Spraypaint on Cotton. 

Icelandic Chickens of Whipoorwill Farm, 2017, 18x36", Cyanotype, Acrylic, and Spraypaint on Cotton. 

 

"The world is no better than its places. Places are no better than their people. When people make dark the light within them, the world darkens."   -Wendell Berry