Christine Owen

Outdoors, the past is all around us – literally under our feet. This project is inspired by relics of fossilised wood found on a river beach, dated to 250-300 million years ago. Through using a photographic-etching process, contact prints are etched in an acid mordant and rinsed in water taken from the river the day the remnants were found. Left to dry in the sun the contact prints take on different colours from the sediments present and left in the paper. Then in another transformation through dye sublimation, heated ink vaporises and embeds in a substrate, replicating the lava flows that entombed the revenants.