Untitled (branches crossed centre image, with spiked leaves and one flower)
United States of America, Australia
Juliana Swatko's approach to photography is informed by her training in other fine arts media and, as a consequence, her work explores a range of experimental possibilities and alternative photographic processes. For instance, the chemical changes exploited during image-making reflect, metaphorically, Swatko's way of seeing - less interested in the actuality of objects than in their poetic, evocative potential. She sees similarities between her processes and how things in the world might encapsulate other ideas or experiences.
This photograph is a large format contact print which is the result of a photographic transfer between ultraviolet light sensitive paper, thermographic processes and, in this case, flowers, grasses and foliage. Under pressure, the transfer produced is the combined reaction of differing material densities, heat and pressure.
23.7 x 18.3 cm image/sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. image, pencil "J Swatko 1980".
Gift of the artist 1994
Not on display
© Juliana Swatko
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Magical realism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 2006–02 Apr 2006
Emanations: The art of the cameraless photograph, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand, 29 Apr 2016–14 Aug 2016
Antipodean emanations: cameraless photographs from Australia and New Zealand, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria, 10 Mar 2018–27 May 2018