Christine Owen

A long winter and time at home to catch up caretaking the garden. Inspired by reading a book on plant intelligence “what a plant knows” I’m mindful of the mysterious nature of plants and their unseen forces that are all around us – they make my world a better place.

This year I have taken contact prints on silver-gelatin photo-sensitive paper of flowers from my garden and then etched the paper in an etching mordant, finally washing them in rainwater. The mordant lifts the silver-gelatin paper and blisters the paper which I’ve layered, then hand-coloured using pastel pigment. This tension between the fictive and phenomenal, the fantastical and grounded – aims to tune in to the senses and to “see” plants in a different light.

Christine.Owen@utas.edu.au

0448991820

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