Collaged Chemigrams || Standing Still

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Collaged Chemigrams

Work about standing still

Maybe it's the holiday season, or the general business of raising a family, but either way I've been thinking a lot about being still.  Standing still.  Instead of heading into the darkroom with my thoughts, I decided to mull over my previous work and dive into my remnants box.  

One of the things I love about working with cyanotype chemistry is how gentle is in on the environment.  It was one of the reasons I was first drawn to it!  After all it's essentially iron salts and it's developed in water.  (As a side note, it's also why I love working with encaustic, no harsh chemicals, just beeswax and damar resin, which is like maple syrup, but from the damar tree.) I keep all my cut offs from previous work, because I don't think I should be wasteful and they've been sitting by my desk just asking to be put to use.  I decided to collage three pieces with the idea of standing still, allowing reflection in stillness and finding movement in the unexpected quiet. 

The framed pieces are below.  The frames were made by a company out of North Carolina with zero landfill waste (which is important to me).  We need to take care of this place we call home :)

For those of you curious about my processes, I printed on Stonehenge, Kozo, and Arches papers.  All of my toning was done in vinegar or wine tannin. I used Lineco neutral ph adhesive and encaustic medium from R&F.

Each piece is available for purchase HERE

Ali Lanenga