Setting the Table with the Sun

3' x 3' and 5' x 3', cyanotype on linen, 2016

In thinking about movement and fleeting time, these cyanotypes attempt to capture outdoor picnics. My picnic blanket was a piece of white linen dipped in cyanotype chemicals. Throughout the picnic, the gestures of the participants and the movements of the dishes and cups were slowly, and barely captured and developed by the sun as it moved overhead. The slower the movement, the crisper the image; if a plate was removed, the sun deleted it’s previous shadow and its existence. Only dishes that stayed left white shadows. These cyanotypes turned a deep, never-ending indigo blue, reflecting the sky. By using the cyanotype process, I used the sun and the sky to make more sky.