Juror's Choice: "To Look For The Whelks"JUROR'S CHOICE To Look For The Whelks, 2023 Diana Bloomfield
Media: Cyanotype and marble paper (3-D) Size: This is a 3-Dimensional piece, which- when closed- measures 7.5” H x 6” W (square). When fully open, this piece measures ~ 7.5” H x 22” (The length is adjustable, depending on how wide it’s open. It is multi-hinged, and therefore movable, and the length can vary.) Price: $1400
Artist Bio: A photographer for nearly 40 years, Diana’s work has been internationally exhibited and widely published. She specializes in 19th century historic printing techniques, creating visual narratives which she interprets through her hand-made prints and one-of-a-kind artist books. Her images have been included in a number of books, including l’art du livre origami, by Jean-Charles Trebbi; Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes; Christopher James’ The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes; and she is a featured artist in Christina Z. Anderson’s Gum Printing: A Step-by-Step Manual, Highlighting Artists & Their Creative Practice. Diana’s art is also in the permanent collections of the Norton Museum of Art, located in West Palm Beach, Florida; the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico; in the Collection at Montefiore Einstein, located in White Plains, New York; and in NC State University’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design. A native North Carolinian, Diana lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she received her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University. She teaches workshops throughout the country, and in her beautiful backyard studio. Diana is represented by photo- eye Gallery (Photographer’s Showcase), located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Process: My title for this “surprise box” is a line from the Mary Oliver poem, Whelks. These are images of found whelks that I discovered through the years, on a North Carolina barrier island. All the images and whelk details are printed in cyanotype on Japanese gampi paper. The background on the panels and the box interiors is marbled paper.
The basic structure comprises 4 hinged panels that create a box. The hinging allows this box to be opened, revealing even more boxes— suggesting kept secrets. A few origami paper whelks are included in some of the boxes. Those are folded with Japanese gampi paper from cyanotype-printed whelks, and others are made with the same marbled paper used elsewhere.
(S)Light of Hand Juried Alternative Process Exhibition
July 8th - July 29th, 2023
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: A photograph is a (S)Light of Hand, a magic trick of sort, conjured into being. Light is summoned and chemistry is concocted making visible both the intangible and the corporeal. It is heart and mind, imagination and craft, melding together into an experience of life-altering alchemy.
We, here at our Collective and Gallery have a deep respect and affection for historic processes. In this juried exhibition, we wish to celebrate this love for hand-made, photo-based processes and invite you to view this magic-making wizardry in our spellbinding juried show, (S)Light of Hand.
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