Small cyanotype collage by kate lain
approximately 2" x 3" on acid-free paper
edition 1 of 1
signed and dated on the back
Cyanotype is a photochemical printing process that was first introduced back in the 1840s. It involves applying a photosensitive combination of chemicals to a material (in this case, acid-free paper), arranging objects or negatives on the treated material, exposing to UV or sunlight, and processing in water. Different parts of the process are altered to create each original abstract piece.
These small cyanotype collages are made from original cyanotype prints made by the artist. Small circular segments are cut out and collaged onto acid-free paper. Another piece of paper is attached to the back with a cut-out circle, so when held up to a light source, an eclipsed shadow appears.
kate lain is a Los Angeles–area multidisciplinary artist working in film, video, clay, and other media.
In her varied works, she plays with material, texture, traces, and movement and is interested in ways people understand and interact with nature. Her preoccupations include family, memory, gender, land, texture, color, and place. She is drawn to places where structures and materials break down.
She approaches her various practices as collaborations—with material properties, with objects, with sites, with natural and chemical processes, with weather and other conditions, with the elements of chance that arise from all of these. Intention and discovery are equally important to her process.
Colors may look a bit different in person due to lighting and computer/phone screen color variations.