Cyanotype and Illustration

Smoke and Chaff

The series Smoke and Chaff investigates absence. Candle smoke is applied to paper to create the impression of an endangered or threatened animal in the Midwest. The cyanotype is bleached out, an act of negation.

The Midwest, Iowa in particular, is one of the most modified landscapes on earth, with less than one percent of native prairie and forest land remaining. The decimation of diversity in the ecological environment speaks to our desire to make the world match our own vision of success. When we tame the chaos of the created order through industrial farming, we destroy the possibilities these resources hold for us. 

This series asks us to reconsider our value systems that lead to our land management choices.

American Elk.jpg

American Elk
2019
Cyanotype and candle soot, 15x22”
$190

Northern Long Eared Bat.jpg

Northern Long Eared Bat
2019
Cyanotype and candle soot, 15x22”
$190

Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid.jpg

Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid
2019
Cyanotype and candle soot, 15x22”
$190

Pallid Sturgeon.jpg

Pallid Sturgeon
2019
Cyanotype and candle soot, 15x22”
$190

Piping Plover.jpg

Piping Plover
2019
Cyanotype and candle soot, 15x22”
$190

rusty patched bumble bee.jpg

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
2019
Cyanotype and candle soot, 15x22”
$190

Whooping crane.jpg

Whooping Crane
2019
Cyanotype and candle soot, 15x22”
$190

prairie chicken.jpg

Prairie Chicken
2019
Cyanotype and candle soot, 15x22”
$190