The Bluest Mountain 4By Christine So
Cyanotype, Hand-printed cyanotype on cotton watercolor paper, monotype
Dimensions: 45.7cm (H) x 45.7cm (W) x 0.3cm (D) / 18" (H) x 18" (W) x 0.12" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
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I have named this series “Faraway Hills” as the ridges resemble the hills of Angel Island, Marin and San Francisco as I see them from across the bay in Oakland. I was born and raised in San Francisco and the thought of living any place without hills would be unimaginable to me. They have etched their shapes into my memory for life.
Though these monotypes resemble watercolor paintings or an aquatint etchings, they are actually a form of photography called a cyanotype, photogram or sun print. What you see is a multiple-exposure lensless photograph. There are between 10 and 16 overlapping exposures. Each is entirely unique. These exact lines, shapes and shades of blue cannot be recreated as the exposure of the paper was heavily manipulated by me during each printing.
A traditional single-exposure cyanotype yields a white silhouette against a dark blue background. But instead of creating a white image by blocking light with solid objects on the light-sensitive paper, I used water to block the light, creating subtle gradations of darkening blue as I submerged the light-sensitive paper for different carefully timed exposures under water.]
Original monotype. Signed on the back by the artist. On 100% cotton acid-free watercolor paper. Ships in a box. Unframed.
Hometown: San Francisco
Based in: Oakland, California, USA
I live in the woods in northern California. Whenever I leave my house I am under an endless web of tree branches. Their silhouettes have etched themselves into my memory over the decades.
My paintings and prints are always nature-inspired and nearly always monochromatic. Each one is an immersion in …
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