(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.

Nan writes:

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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