Glimmering shade – limited edition Cyanotype artwork of palm leaves at Kew Gardens, London. There are three different artworks in this series.
Our legacy and that of previous minds influences Marianne Nix’s work. In this case, plant explorers and the work of Anna Atkins, a botanist. Anna Atkins made cyanotype images of the flora she collected in the 19th Century. She earned her place as a founding mother of photography.
Marianne takes the original photograph at Kew Gardens in the Victorian plant houses and adjusts the photograph on her computer, Marianne combines the use of modern techniques as well as old. She uses thick Saunders Waterford paper and paints the reactive chemicals onto it by hand. Subsequently she places a transparency of a photograph on the paper. She exposes this to sunlight, and washes it in water with added vinegar or lemon juice. In this way the blue colour becomes deeper. Marianne dries the artwork flat for a few days under heavy weights.
Each exposure is unique, dependent on the weather, the day of year, the duration and time of day when exposed to sunlight.
Marianne’s work is collected Internationally, selected for exhibition in the Mall Galleries (2012), Bankside Gallery (2015), the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2012,2013), The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (2016) and the V&A print collection, London.