Phytogram I

Silver gelatin print made with cilantro and rose petals (2019)

A material study of alternative printmaking and analog photographic processes, Sustainable Printing in the Age of the Anthropocene explores sustainable and experimental ways of creating imagery.

Drawing from historical art traditions and contemporary experimental work, this project presents the process and results of finding non-toxic approaches to intaglio and relief printmaking, and black and white analog photography. Some of these approaches use common household items like icing sugar, instant coffee and common garden plants to replace toxic aspects of the printing and photo developing processes.

The aim of this work is to create a space for art practices that shift and adapt to our overly polluted world and address the environmental and health issues we face without losing hope for the future of our planet.

The three final images, each was presented with an artist book that showed how each process was used to create the print: 


Gelatin silver print developed in homemade green developer and the phytogram process (2019)

Redefining the Ecological Self in the Age of the Anthropocene

Intaglio with alternative aquatint and hard ground (2019)

Emergent Ecologies: Landscapes of Pollution

Mokuhanga water-based relief print (2019)

Work on display at the Stamps Gallery for the BFA senior show Adapt:

Developing and making images on film using plants, coffee and other non-toxic ingredients:

Intaglio print alternatives with BIG ground, icing sugar and more:

Mokuhanga on shina plywood. Learning how to control moisture and pigment intensity using water-based inks that require no toxic solvents for clean up:

To learn more about this project take a look at my written thesis:

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