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 Artworks

2) Surveying and Collecting

'Surveying and Collecting' presents works that followed my initial investigations as I surveyed various beaches, navigating ideas of the shores I traveled to as well as the fauna and flora that I encountered or sometimes  collected  in these environments. While 'Making and Note-taking' focused specifically on cyanotypes, this section introduces how my art - making diverged to also include Polaroid emulsion lifts, algae pressings and lumen prints. Synthetic findings  in the form of beached plastics also seep into this section.

'Using Seascapes, Creating Seascapes', 2020

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This video presents moments of chemical interactions between sensitised surfaces and chemistry and  organic elements such as light, air, salt, sand or water .  As Noted in Chapter Five of my Dissertation: " The movements of water during gentle agitations of these photographic rinse trays are also at times reminiscent of tidal ebbs and flows while the changing aesthetics and chemical reactions of coated cyanotype paper and their accompanying sepia tonal shifts can be visually paralleled with aerial views of sandy and rocky shores"  (Obermeyer, C. 2020 : 116)

 

 

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'Spontaneous Shore ', 2019- 2020

 cyanotypes on fabriano, 19 x 22,7 cm EACH

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'A Seascape Imagined ', 2020

Polaroid emulsion lifts on fabriano, 42,8 x 45,5 cm 

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'Pressing, Lifting, Drifting', 2020

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This video piece gives a visual suggestion of the processes behind algae pressings and Polaroid emulsion lifts while also alluding to the environments that these processes depict or matter is collected from.  As Noted in Chapter Five of my Dissertation : "...movements of water in tidal currents, delicate emulsions in rinse trays filled with collected ocean water parallel delicate bits of drifting kelp..." (Obermeyer, C. 2020 : 

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'Organic and Synthetic : Pressings', 2019- 2020 

pressed algae and plastic, 29,5 x 43 cm EACH

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'Field Notes : Illuminated Algae', 2019- 2020

lumen prints on silver gelatin paper, sizes vary

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'Bladder Kelp : Illuminated ', 2019 - 2020

lumen prints on silver gelatin paper,12 x 16.5 cm EACH

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'Found and Fixed', 2019 - 2020

lumen prints and cyanolumens on silver gelatin paper, sizes vary