32-4, 11-4, 15-4, 4” square collages on 11” square paper. I use paper from paintings and prints that don’t work out to make these little collages on paper. They are a nice change from working a five foot canvas. I can have a sense of accomplishment in one session in the studio. Sometimes that is just what a person needs.
For the series I chose to focus on text, working with proverbs from cultures around the world that focus on woman’s work. It consists of an open series (over 100) of industrial bobbins, each wrapped with paper threads that have printed on them a repeated proverb about women’s work. Here is a small selection of proverbs:
“The threaded needle judges the girl.” (Spanish, Argentina)
“The only skill that women have is turning the spinning wheel.” (Hebrew)
“A household with a woman is like a flower bed, a household without one like a wasteland.” (Uzbek)
“A wife is the best piece of furniture.” (Dutch)
“However smart a woman may be, she will end up in the kitchen.” (Indonesian)
“Do not humiliate your wife; she is your home.” (Ovambo, Angola/ Namibia)
There was a nice, clear patch of blue sky around 10:00 AM this morning, so I went ahead made a second exposure from my 11’x17’ digital negative. My first one had been about three minutes, and I judged the image to be a bit too light. This time I gave a three minute, forty-five second exposure and I used my hand to dodge the lower portion of the print starting at the three minute mark. I am absolutely delighted that I am able to reproduce the delicate tones of this photo in Cyanotype. The original is a 35mm b&w Fuji Neopan 1600 negative.