"The Ghosts of Peace IIII" is a cyanotype artwork that captures the shadows of the dead flowers of all my peace lilies... their shadows just as beautiful as when they stood fresh, white and fragile; now browning and heavy under their own weight - they shone, they've done their work, and now they rest beneath glass under a blazing sun - preserved forever in this cameraless photograph.
With it's white lily-like flowers, the Peace Lily is frequently associated with purity, innocence, prosperity, and sympathy (and peace, of course). Part of my Memento Mori series, which explores the beautiful side of death and it's inevitability, these artworks honour the plants that made them; how far they have all come, and grown in their own unique ways.
The artwork is approx. 10", and is sold unframed.
"The Ghosts of Peace IV" (10" cyanotype)
Cyanotype is a photographic technique dating back to the 1800s - it is a method of capturing shadows on a light-sensitive page: when sunlight/UV light is introduced, areas of shadow remain the white of the page, and areas touched by the light undergo a chemical reaction, transforming into beautiful shades of blue once washed.
Much like how flowers of the same variety grow in their own unique ways, cyanotypes are all unique, even when created in the same way, with the same tools - that's the magic of the cameraless photography process, it's always a bit of a surprise outcome, and that's why I love it!
It is normal for these artworks to incur some small dents along the way due to the washing/processing techniques; these may have been cut off, so your print will be slightly smaller than A4/A3, or they may have been left in situ as part of the character and history of the piece. Every effort is made to ensure the best outcome for each artwork.