In the early spring of 2014 I was honoured to be one of the chosen artists for the King Family Bursary. My proposal was to use photos of the people and places of the bay as part of my printmaking practice. I acquired a wonderful archive of slides and negatives which encompassed the experience of being in the grandeur of Georgian Bay. This blog is an account of my process and the resulting works.
Saturday, 7 November 2015
|T Laurin, Canoes and Lillypads, prototype with hand colouring, 2014|
I began by choosing images that I responded to and reminded me of my time growing up on Georgian Bay. Many of the images were beginning to degrade which ties into my print practice. I would layer various images and scan them together, creating a new visual narrative. From there, I would create photo transfers onto japanese tissues and begin to stain the resulting image. When I was pleased with the image development I would then affix the tissue (chine colle) onto cotton paper.
Friday, 30 October 2015
I have been doing much research into the notion of memory and how the photograph acts as a trigger for this. I felt it necessary to erase (distort) the slide as a way of mimicking the lack of clarity that memory often offers. I began sanding away part of the slide as a method of manipulating the image.
Thursday, 15 October 2015
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Once I realized that I could alter the image by interfering with the emulsion on the film, I began to think about intended erasure in a graphic sense. The emulsion can be softened by soaking in various solutions and then I began drawing back into the image. (Note: click "older posts" at the bottom of the page to see more works)