Waterton New Growth
Over 2018, I sketched and photographed the explosive super bloom of wildflowers at Waterton, making several trips to document the scene.
In August, I experimented with different art materials using the Jacquard Cyanotype kit. I prepared watercolor paper with the cyanotype solution, storing it in a light tight envelope ready to use on my next trip to Waterton.
Visiting the Bison Paddock and Maskinonge where the Kenow Fire swept through, I made photo images by placing the paper in the shadow of the new plant growth. After a few minutes of sun exposure, the prints were completed by rinsing in a basin of water in the back of my car, my portable photo lab.
In true Waterton style I created images in the midst of a torrential windstorm, the usual condition when I’m making art at this location.
Cyanotype is the “original” sun-printing process, one of the earliest photographic techniques. Discovered in 1842 and distinctive for producing rich, Prussian blue monochromatic prints, Cyanotype was popular well into the 20th century as an inexpensive method for reproducing photographs, documents, maps and plans (hence the enduring architectural term “blueprint”) and famously, for making impressions of biological specimens in the field (“photograms”).
On Display at Casa Art Centre
April 27 - June 8th, 2019
230 8th Street, South
Exhibit Open Daily
Monday - Saturday: 9 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
Using new materials, Diana explores the recent fire in southern Alberta at the Waterton site and in Lethbridge at Alexandra Wilderness Park. Images are recorded through cyanotypes and large scale wire sculpture.