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Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) + Sicilian Snake Pumpkin (Lagenaria Siceraria) anthotype by Alessia Siragusa

“Reviving Hope” by Alessia Siragusa
Country: Italy
Parts used: Leaves
Application: Brushing
Exposure time: Basil: 4 days / Sicilian Snake Pumpkin:2 days
Month, season and year: August, summer 2022
Substrate: Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) and Sicilian Snake Pumpkin (Lagenaria Siceraria) anthotype by Alessia SiragusaBasil (Ocimum Basilicum) and Sicilian Snake Pumpkin (Lagenaria Siceraria) for making anthotypesAmount: 1 teaspoon
Extracted using: Mortar
Thinner: No
Layers: Basil 1 layer / Sicilian Snake Pumpkin 3 layers
Used to create image: Positive on Calque Satin Canson

Challenges or observations: My aim was to combine two shades of green in order to represent a growing feeling. So I decided to choose basil, which gave the print a brownish and softer shade of green, a pale shadow of hope;
also, the leaves of a typical Sicilian plant, the so-called “Sicilian Snake Pumpkin” gave the print a full green colour, a vivid shade of hope.
I exposed the anthotype emulsions over two cyanotype prints.

Instagram: @siragusalessia

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