(Photo credit: Nan Wollman, “Two Trees”)
(Photo credit: Nan Wollman, “Split“)
(Photo credit: Nan Wollman, “Spring Leaves”)
Nan Wollman’s cyanotype trees cut across the picture plane like the passing shadows of clouds on a bright hillside. Their isolation in space is strangely humanizing, loneliness being a quality we can readily identify and occasionally covet for its scarcity.
Cyanotype is the technical name for this antiquated blueprint technique. As machine processes have replaced blueprints, the process has been adopted by artists for its creative capabilities. It is a simple process utilizing two chemicals that when combined become light sensitive. The sensitized paper is exposed in sunlight and processed in water, producing a variety of blue hues, that can then be toned to produce a range of colors. With bleaching and toning I rework and reprint the paper for a cohesive idea. I am influenced by Dada and Surrealist use of juxtaposition of imagery which catches the eye. Like the Dadaist taking useful items out of context, my use of x-rays is a similar removal of context, with body parts looking like landscapes, and trees and rocks looking like human forms.
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