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Gum leaves



Juliana Swatko

United States of America, Australia

1952 –

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    thermal monoprint
    28.1 x 21.5 cm image/sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated original mount, pencil "...J. Swatko 1981".

    Purchased 1981
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Juliana Swatko

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    Juliana Swatko

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  • About

    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.

    Swatko produced these thermal monoprints using heat sensitive thermal copying paper, intended for use with a Thermofax photocopier, an early copy machine available in the 1970s. Swatko used the paper to produce photograms – applying the plants directly to the surface of the paper. The heat and pressure exerted on the paper generated the image, inscribing the contours and veins of the leaves. Recording the trace impression of botanical subjects, these images resemble prehistoric fossils.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by Juliana Swatko

See all 18 works