fathom (from the sun collaborations series)
cyanotype on paper in acrylic box frame
100 x 100 cm
Made by placing photo-chemically treated paper flat on the earth and exposing it to natural sunlight over several minutes while floating and turning a black spiraled square over the center, Fathom is like an oversized cyan pixel, wherein an old photographic printing technique calls up the particulate-matter of the digital realm. Cyan is both the chemically-expressed color of the cyanotype process and the artificial color of the oceans of satellite mapping, a la CMYK. The spatial nature of the photo-process itself suggests a collapse of the space between the sun and the paper, the sky and ground. The title Fathom also carries a double meaning: in verb form it means to understand something through deep thought, and as a noun it is a unit of length to measure the depth of water – further resonating with questions of surface and depth.