Lady Lepidopterist in 3D

Chloe McCarrick, 2021             

Multi-layered Cyanotype 

Framed: W57 x H81 x D5

This artwork was inspired by Victorian lepidopterist Margaret Fountaine. Described as a natural-born  hunter: whether it was love, adventure or butterflies, her pursuit was relentless and her energy legendary. She emerged from an unremarkable Victorian upbringing with an extraordinary drive to self determination which defined her entire life. Unconventional by nature, Fountaine was never cowed by society’s strictures, or by what was expected, this provided her with many exciting opportunities. The price of her freedom was high but she never regretted her choices. A passionate lover and fearless individualist, her life was founded on the idiosyncratic determination to pursue her own path irrespective of convention.

Lady Lepidopterist In 3-D ​was created by constructing a hand-cut collage using female photographic  portraiture, a wig made of hydrangea flowers and photographs of preserved butterfly specimens. After coating the handmade paper with light-sensitive chemistry, it is left to dry in a dark room. The large scale negative is then contact printed onto the paper by exposing to daylight (UV rays). The print is then processed by thoroughly washing in water to remove any unexposed solution. It can then be hung to dry, developing to full density Prussian blue after 24 hours. ​Once dried the individual butterflies are cut out and mounted onto the print to create a multi-layered, 3-dimensional artwork.

The image is printed on handmade recycled cotton rag paper, float mounted above a snow-white 8001 mount board in a white frame to showcase the paper texture and deckled edging.​​​ All frames come with gallery spec, 3mm thick ​Artglass AR70 / 3mm ​anti-reflective/ 79% UV protected glazing as standard. Please enquire if you require a bespoke frame made in alternative colours, gilding and glazing options.


Other works by Chloe McCarrick:

What It Means To Walk On Water cyanotype photographic print by Chloe McCarricknHypatia Mapping The Stars cyanotype photography by Chloe McCarrickPrincess of Paleontology in 3D by Chloe McCarricknLunar Etiquette Study in 3D cyanotype photography by Chloe McCarrick

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Photographer Chloe McCarrickArtist: Chloe McCarrick

Chloe McCarrick is a renown fine art photographer and mixed-media printmaker. Best known for her circular cyanotypes and still life photography of feathers, she embraces and develops innovative ways of reworking photographic images through collage and mixed-media print techniques, and by blending science, darkroom alchemy and art. Her work explores the boundless possibilities of image production in the age of modern printmaking with an aim to reinvent, recycle, redefine, experiment and preserve.

Female empowerment, natural history and science are recurring themes across Chloe's work. She constructs visual narratives from the lives of extraordinary, trailblazing women - celebrating their achievements, uncovering their struggles and telling the stories of these often unsung heroes. By creating an army of heroes/sheroes, she is attempting to give them a voice, to transform their stories into symbolic pictorial form and in turn hoping these protagonists' positive message inspires others.

"I hope people are empowered by the story behind each piece and that the subject matter ignites imaginations and a curiosity to delve deeper. The key emotion is to feel connected - connected to the story, the techniques and the science behind the work, and to be connected to the elements of nature I introduce to explore human experience and the relationship between each of us, and the world we live in

Chloe exhibits internationally and her work is collected around the world.

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