A portfolio of works by Deni Javas – cyanotype prints produced during a residency in Spain and New Mexico with AADK network. Deni was the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Deni’s work unfolded in the dry heat of a Spanish summer, during her residency at AADK network in Blanca, Murcia. The resulting cyanotypes are exceptionally nuanced.
Investigating the fellowship theme of Body Spaciality and Territory, Deni explored the relationships between different worlds, using botany to make those connections: human and plant; ‘Old World’ Europe and ‘New World’ Americas.
“When making cyanotypes you are at the mercy of the environment, the sun and humidity”
- deni javas
Finding herself in the arid interior of Spain, Deni made a study of local botany, shaping plant materials to become the subjects of her prints.
Using esparto grass, agave, palm tree fibres and prickly pear cactus, alongside paper, feathers and cane, the artist created intricate organic sculptures before expressing their delicacy and volume in the cyanotope process.
The cyanotype method is challenging, especially when the entire process is done outdoors at the mercy of intense summer sun and dry air. Deni’s aesthetic awareness and intuitive sense of timing resulted in a beautifully judged series of prints.
The distinctive blue of the cyanotype comes from the chemical reaction of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide, applied to paper and exposed to light.
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