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Ciurej, Barbara

Natural history / Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman.

[Milwaukee] : [Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman], [2014]
Physical Description:
12 prints ; 51 x 41 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2015 22
Yale Center for British Art, acquired with funds from the Bequest of Daniel S. Kalk
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Copyright Status:
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Limited edition of 4 copies.
"The Natural History portfolio is a suite of twelve cyanotype impressions printed over archival pigment prints by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman. The 16 x 20 inch portraits are printed digitally on archival Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Matte paper. The cyanotype solution (ammonium iron citrate and potassium ferricyanide) is hand-coated over the digital prints and exposed in sunlight. Plants were collected from gardens in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where all prints were made. The frontispiece, title page and colophon are printed digitally on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 100% cotton paper. Due to the acidic nature of the cyanotype process, prints are housed in unbuffered folios. Archival inks are used throughout. Portfolio enclosure by Julie Naggs and Trisha Hammer. Edition limited to four portfolios each containing 12 unique prints."--Colophon.
BAC: British Art Center copy is no. 1 of a limited edition of 4 copies, numbered and signed by the artists. In original portfolio.
"In Natural History, plant forms integrate with portraits of women in the ripeness of their years, representing maturity as a web of interconnection. We photographed these women in the attitude of Roman portraits. After the application of light-sensitive cyanotype solution to the printed portraits, the images were overlaid with plants from our garden and exposed in sunlight. Suns and season inscribed the passage of time. Women and nature merged in these impressions. To study birth, death and regeneration pulsing through the ephemeral natural world, the portraits are gathered in this portfolio evoking an herbarium. Taxonomic references draw parallels between human and plant nature."--Introduction.
Subject Terms:
Photography of plants.
Photography, Artistic.
Plants -- Pictorial works.
Portrait photography.
Women in natural history.
Cyanotypes (Photographic prints)
Lochman, Lindsay, photographer.
Naggs, Julie, binder.
Hammer, Trisha, binder.

  • Marjorie: Rheum rhaponticum, rhubarb impression, 2012
  • Mary Ann: Gallium odoratum, sweet woodruff impression, 2012
  • Terry: Taraxacum officinale, dandelion impression, 2012
  • Eva: Actaea racemosa, black snakeroot impression, 2012
  • Reina: Glechoma hederacea, ground ivy impression 2013
  • Joyce: Papaver rhoeas, poppy impression, 2012
  • Karen: Anemone nemorosa, windflower impression, 2012
  • Janet: Aronia melanocarpa, black chokeberry impression, 2011
  • Annie: Lilium orientalis, stargazer lily impression, 2012
  • Ann: Artemisia ludoviciana, silver king impression, 2013
  • Betty: Anethum graveolens, dillweed impression, 2011
  • Tia: Rosmarinus officinalis, rosemary impression, 2012.

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