How do we realize things? Why do we become preoccupied with some thoughts yet others remain stubbornly denied? And ultimately, of what significance is something if we do not know about it? Fascination that something can exist, yet not be known, inspired this project in which the darkroom process of differential exposure is used to suggest latent content. Latent means that which is present yet not visible.
The series explores these questions by ‘packing’ a print with overexposure. Hidden information is selectively revealed by variable exposure and is a metaphor for psychological awareness and our subconscious life.
The work begins with watercolor and ink on acetate treated with a variety of texture and etching mediums. Next I treat the painting as a film alternative in the darkroom and projection prints are reversed by paper negative transfer.
All prints are made by hand, one at a time. No camera, film or digital media of any kind is used.
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