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Laura Blacklow
Affiliation:; Faculty
Friend of SMFA
Upcoming exhibitions:  "Bookworks", Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University, Medford, MA, until Dec. 15, 2019
Awards/Fellowships:   2018 Finalist, U.S. Nt'l Parks Arts Fdn: Artist in Residence program; St. Botolph Club Fdn: 1999 Grant; Harvard U, David Rockefeller Cntr for Latin American Studies: 1999 Grant; Nt'l Endwmt for Arts & N.E. Fdn for Arts: Regional Flwshp, 1990, and more

Personal website:   https://www.laurablacklow.com

LinkedIn:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-blacklow
 
Artist Statement
In conventional photography, we think of the camera as capturing time in parts of a second. However, hours might be needed for just one exposure of the historical photo emulsions I use in the sun. I combine arrangements of actual plant matter onto natural rag printmaking paper that has been brushed with one of the light-sensitive solutions, then I expose the unit to sunlight, develop the paper dry it, and continue with a multitude of re-coatings and re-exposures. Since I combine layers of cyanotype and Van Dyke brown mixtures, each print can take weeks to complete, and each is unique. I began the work on the portfolio, Backyard Botanicals, nearly a decade ago, and the prints have resulted in an archive of years that correspond to passed/past time. “Maybe trees are alive like we are, only just more slowly? That what a day is to us, maybe a whole summer is to them.” (John Crowley)



Artwork submitted for the SMFA Art Sale

 

  Diptych, Irises, from "Backyard Botanicals"  (2019)
Shrink-wrap - Photographs
Medium: Unique Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown Print  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 22 H: 10
Price:$425
 

  Untitled, from Backyard Botanicals  (2019)
Shrink-wrap - Photographs
Medium: Unique Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown Print  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 8 H: 10
Price:$350
 

  Untitled large print, from "Backyard Botanicals"  (2019)
Shrink-wrap - Photographs
Medium: Unique Cyanotype and Van Dyke brown print  
Edition: 1  Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 22 H: 35
Price:$450
 

  Untitled (Shadow Print), from Backyard Botanicals  (2019)
Wall Hanging - Photographs
Medium: unique cyanotype and Van Dyke brown print  
Edition: 1  Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 14 H: 22
Price:$700
 

  Untitled Diptych, from Backyard Botanicals  (2019)
Shrink-wrap - Photographs
Medium: unique cyanotype and Van Dyke brown print  
Edition: 1  Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 20 H: 11
Price:$425