//Book Arts & Drawing

Cyanotpye Book Box

2015
interactive artist book
cyanotype treated paper, vellum, paste paper, durlar, china marker

open spread of cyanotype book box
open spread of cyanotype book box
open spread of cyanotype book box

This artist book ushers participation in the catharsis of hand production. The book box requests for the viewer to write a secret, no matter how open or cryptic, with china marker on a pamplet of durlar. Within the box there is unexposed sheets of cyanotype treated paper in a light-tight envelope, with which the viewer is encouraged to place beneath the the durlar negative. Long exposure in the sunlight allows the viewer to reflect on their secret as it is converted from positive to negative. To develop the print the viewer must rinse it under water for at least 5 minutes, a cleansing act. The final print becomes an abstracted reversal of the orginal text, creating a critical distance for the viewer.