Christina Z. Anderson features in the Members’ spotlight with the Tricolor gum bichromate process.
About Christina Z. Anderson
Christina Z. Anderson’s work focuses on the cultural and spiritual landscape expressed in 19th century techniques, primarily gum and casein bichromate. Her work has shown nationally and internationally in 100 shows and 40 publications. She has authored several books, two of which — The Experimental Photography Workbook and Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes — have sold worldwide in 40 countries. She is co-author of Handcrafted: The Art and Practice of the Handmade Print (2014, Wang, Jianming, King, Chinese text only), now in its third publication. Gum Printing, A Step by Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice is scheduled for 2016 publication by Focal Press/Routledge. Anderson is Associate Professor of Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman.
Tricolor gum bichromates
My love affair with the altered landscape began in 2003 when I moved to South Carolina for graduate school. There I saw my first kudzu. This beautiful plant with its heady fragrance, purported to grow up to a foot a day, transforms everything it covers into sculptural wonders. In the process it smothers its host, robbing plants, bushes, and trees of sunlight and nourishment so that they eventually die. I am fascinated by something so beautiful yet so deadly, a botanical femme fatale. All my work is in some form of alternative process, has been for almost 20 years. This series is in tricolor gum bichromate, platinum, and cyanotype over platinum.
I revel in the beauty of the physical world, in magical moments like this where rain droplets meld with a summer sunset. I try to capture that feeling through the gum bichromate process, which to me is the most artistically expressive alternative process there is because of its use of layers, textures, color, and the visible artist’s hand.