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SOLD OUT: Exploring Lumen Print Processes with Plants by artist Christine Mackey


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€20 including all materials + €1 Booking fee
120 Mins approx.
Limited Capacity
Please bring your own foraged plant material!

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Please bring your own foraged plant material. 

Christine Mackey presents a lumen printing workshop to based on her current practice and exhibition currently running in glór gallery.

Making a lumen print takes you back to the beginnings of camera-less photography when in the 1830s William Henry Fox Talbot made his “photogenic drawings.” He placed plant material on sensitized paper and exposed it to sunlight. This created a negative print or a photogram from which positive contact prints could be made. Making a phytogram print follows the same principles as lumen except the plant material is first dipped into a solution of Vitamin C, coffee and washing soda before its placed on the black and white photographic paper exposed to sunlight which is then fixed.

LUMEN Printing: this is an analogue photographic process (No camera/Darkroom needed)
It involves the laying of plant material on photographic Black and White print paper. These are then exposed under sunlight for a few minutes depending on intensity and time of year. The images are then fixed, lightly washed and then dried or placed between j-cloths.

PHYTOGRAMS – this involves making a plant based photographic mix made from household cooking materials and vitamin c tablets. The plant material is steeped in this mix for very short time and then laid out on photographic print paper, exposed, and then placed into a light mix of photographic fixer. The images are then fixed, lightly washed and then dried or placed between j-cloths.

Please bring your own foraged plant material. 

To view details of Christine Mackey’s Exhibition of Acts of Care (in process) currently in glór gallery, click HERE
An Artist’s Tour of the exhibition will take place with Christine at 10.30am on Saturday March 16th. Free of charge and all welcome.

Christine Mackey is an independent research-based visual artist attending to complex environmental issues, iterated through a range of site-specific and socially engaged contexts. Conceptually and physically pursued through the subject of the seed and the agency of plant matter. Here seeds are defined not as a thing, but as a set of social relations that must be continually nourished to survive, grow, adapt and evolve. She digs, draws, plants, collects, extracts, narrates and ‘care’ for ‘other’ beings in ‘other’ spaces in response to current planetary times. These variable and multimodal processes parallel the labouring activities of the ‘gardener’.

Through this eclectic and microscopic lens, the entangled narratives and often antagonistic relationship between human and non-human species are made manifest across multiple forms. The evolving projects, public engagements, publications and exhibitions are meticulously researched, which pursue a narrative structure based on an assemblage of key research material, sites of interest and social integration.

Featured Image: Dulse; Dilisk (Palmaria palmata) (Detail)


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