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Cyanotype

StARTup Art Fair Installation, China Obscura

China Obscura installation at StARTup Art Fair, San Francisco Office Windows of the Great Dictator, 2015 Design: View into and out of Mao's office windows from his villa Meiling (Wuhan), a retreat he nicknamed "Home of the White Clouds and Yellow Cranes" …

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China Obscura Catalog

A catalog of my China Obscura series will soon be available from Pixalib books. You can preview and order it here.  

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Art, Space and Transformations: San Francisco StARTup Fair 2016

I'm excited to share that my China Obscura series will be part of the StARTup Art Fair in San Francisco, 29th April – 1st May 2016. For this exhibition, I will transform a two room junior suite of the Hotel del Sol with an installation …

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Mao’s Office Window

Sneak peek at a series in progress. Windows are barriers, lattices, screens. They keep out enemies, the hot and cold, and they shut us in. These Cyanotype murals are views of rooms in China where pivotal people stayed, slept, and worked to change the …

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Printing a Cyanotype Mural in Beijing

In Beijing, we have reliable sunlight only half the year. To make my blueprints, I need strong sunlight and no rain. In spring, the pressure is on to create work which I've designed over the winter. Below: a video of Cyanotype printing on the …

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Qingdao Cyanotype Mural

Cyanotype mural in 50 pieces, mounted on canvas. Printed on Idin Paper. 1.5 x 2 m, 2014 In Qingdao: New China straddles the old. Thousands of words in white overlap in blue: Korean, English, Chinese. A reflection of the many …

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Shadows of Heritage Beijing: 1

As more of Beijing's neighborhoods are smashed in the name of progress, those of us who live in them can do nothing. Many of the residents prefer to live in modern flats provided by developers.  Why wouldn't they? These apartments are warmed in the …

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the Winter Blues

Cyanotype experiment on tofu skin, 2012 Recent trials on ephemeral materials, printed on short and chilly northern days. They prove you don't need warm summer sun to make them. But I miss days as long as nights, damp skin on …

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Opium Cyanotype Experiments: Crackers

This summer I'm concocting experiments in my temporary studio (currently my bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows), to take advantage of China's clear skies. These images have been brewing for quite some time. Here for the first time are some of my …

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Opium Cyanotype: the Barbarians

This summer I'm concocting experiments in my studio (er, my current bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows), to take advantage of China's clear skies. These images have been brewing for quite some time. Here for the first time are some of my works-in-progress. …

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