Bodyguards' Window (detail) – Cyanotype Diptych painting on handmade paper, 2 x 2 meters
Office Windows of the Great Dictator, Inside & Outside Views
Cyanotype Diptych painting on handmade paper, 1.5 x 2 meters
Words written by, about, and to these famous figures are appropriated by the artist and printed with sunlight into photosensitive Cyanotype chemicals. Text becomes texture; script adds new, sometimes conflicting, dimension to the images. Words fade in and out like memories and meanings that shift over time.
Paper was commissioned from Idin Papermill, Thailand. Every sheet was made on bamboo screens, and varies slightly in size and shape. Like most things handmade, the paper's edges are irregular. So too are the painted architectural shapes; the effect is of instability and motion, edges that blur divisions between wood and windows, sky, tiles and stone.
The paints are photosensitive iron salts, a pale green when freshly applied in semi-darkness. Splashes and irregularities are part of the painting process. Every brushstroke is nearly invisible when fresh; the final dark blue color appears only when artworks are developed in the hazy sunlight of Beijing. The images are all one of a kind, and are not prints, but individual paintings.
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