Hannah Perrine Mode

Having previously moved away from cyanotype as part of Harena Now to focus on non-fixed/manipulated lumen prints, I have been playing with ideas to involve this process again.

When I began my MA, cyanotype was my favourite of alternative processes, mainly as I could use it safely and wash it out at my local beaches without dire consequence to the environment from the chemicals involved.

At that time I was also making most of my cyanotypes in a circular format. There’s something about a circular cyanotype that just pulls me in.

Recently, I thought about having a large-scale sand timer made with small circular cyanotypes inside to mimic the sand grains and each time a person turns it a new image is created – it signifies their individual impact. Money has put paid to that right at this moment but the idea to go back to my circular cyanotypes as part of my final exhibition during my MA is something I have been considering.

I came across a painter/artist who has started to use cyanotype in her work and as I was looking at her overall art page on her website, my husband walked into the room and asked, “is that your work?” The artist is Hannah Perrine Mode.

The page I was looking at is shown in Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 below.

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Fig. 1: Screen shot of Hannah Perrine Mode’s website
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Fig. 2: Screen shot of Hannah Perrine Mode’s website

I felt rather pleased that my husband had thought Mode’s work was mine. And I have to say there is an uncanny resemblance.

But what I did notice was Mode’s choice to use circular cyanotypes in her Europa (Pouring In From Taurus) series. In this 2018 work she uses glacier water on scientific filter paper. She describes the work as referencing “Jupiter’s glacial moon, Europa; the mythology of the rape of Europa; records of women in science; and the poem ‘Planetarium’ by Adrienne Rich” (2018).

Fig. 3: Installation view of Europa (Pouring In From Taurus)

The close up shot of these 15″ x 15″ images do seem to reflect the work I have created using sand and seawater.

I feel you can see this in the work below (Fig. 4 and Fig. 5), which are test prints for Harena Now.

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Fig. 4: Purcell, 2018. Harena Now
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Fig. 5: Purcell, 2017. Harena Now

I had made some further test prints for cyanotypes using maps of some of the areas effected by sand mining (see Fig. 6). But I am not convinced by the rectangle shape.

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Fig. 6: Test print for Harena Now

I think I will go back to my former use of circular cyanotype but will use fabric rather than paper.

And to make displaying them simple but effective, I will use embroidery hoops (Fig. 7).

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Fig. 7: © xCottonKisses on Etsy

 

I’m hoping this will provide me with the opportunity to create something akin to Mode’s display of her cyanotype circles (Fig. 6).

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Fig. 8: Mode, 2018. Installation view of Europa (Pouring In From Taurus)

Figures

Figure 1. MODE, Hannah Perrine. 2018. hannahpmode.com [online]. Available at: http://www.hannahpmode.com/ [accessed July 8, 2018].

Figure 2. MODE, Hannah Perrine. 2018. hannahpmode.com [online]. Available at: http://www.hannahpmode.com/ [accessed July 8, 2018].

Figure 3. MODE, Hannah Perrine. 2018. Installation image from Europa (Pouring In From Taurus). hannahpmode.com [online]. Available at: http://www.hannahpmode.com/recent#/europa-pouring-in-from-taurus/ [accessed July 8, 2018].

Figure 4. PURCELL, Josie. 2018.  Harena Now

Figure 5. PURCELL, Josie. 2018. Harena Now

Figure 6. PURCELL, Josie. 2018. Harena Now

Figure 7. xCottonKisses. Etsy [online]. Available at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/452765480/lavender-embroidery-hoop-art-embroidery [accessed July 8, 2018].

Figure 8. MODE, Hannah Perrine. 2018. Installation image from Europa (Pouring In From Taurus). hannahpmode.com [online]. Available at: http://www.hannahpmode.com/recent#/europa-pouring-in-from-taurus/ [accessed July 8, 2018].

References

MODE, Hannah Perrine. Available at: http://www.hannahpmode.com/recent#/europa-pouring-in-from-taurus/ [accessed July 8, 2018].