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Christine Owen

As a printmaker and photographer, I am interested in the transformations of our landscape and how moments gathered in time can reveal diverse ways of knowing our world. I expose to the sun silver-gelatin photographic paper the dip these in river water taken on a particular day finally washing the prints in a bath of mordant. The mordant consists of the kinds of chemicals found in the stuff of human/river activity (stone-fruit copper spray; disinfectant, marine hull cleaner). Through repetition, the paper surface begins of blister and disintegrate in a process of chemical transformation. Left in the sun to dry, the paper takes on colours reflective of the materials remaining in the water residue. These dye destruction prints are then scanned to arrest their own fragmentation. The images reveal a dynamic alchemy, mounted like scrolls, they suggest vistas of micro/macro topographies.

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