Cyanotype on watercolor paper with fishing line for solo show at West Virginia Wesleyan College. 2018. Dimensions variable.
“After completing my capstone exhibition last semester before actually being done with college & classes, I wanted to put something together to close out my undergrad career. I’m not usually one to let my personal feelings come through my work, but after a particularly turbulent year for myself and the people close to me, some catharsis by way of creativity felt like the right direction to take. This display consists of excerpted words/phrases from a journal I’ve kept for the past 6 months or so. I made a point to write down things that were bothering and sometimes consuming me — after they were on paper, they weighed on me a little less (“I can think a thought a million times but only write it down once”). Scattered throughout are some uplifting reminders that I found balance and comfort in.
I ultimately turned these excerpts into cyanotype prints 1: because I’ve been fascinated by the medium and its parallels to printmaking since I was introduced to it and 2: it allowed me to deal with these pieces of text in a way that gave me a sense of completeness. Creating these prints involved not only writing down my words a second — or 3rd, 4th and so on — time but literally burning them into the blue ground through the photographic cyanotype process. The distortion of the words and letterforms is my attempt at a little bit of privacy, requiring the viewer to engage with the pieces a bit more to gain a full understanding of the text.
Even though this collection of thoughts is for me, my hope is that by sharing them I can connect with others navigating the complexities of young adult life, however monumental or trivial they may be. “