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Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) anthotype by Anne Eder

“Boneyard Creature” by Anne Eder
Country: USA
Parts used: leaves
Application: Brushing (foam brush followed by hake brush)
Exposure time: 2.5 hours
Month, season and year: August 2022
Substrate: Arches Platine
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) anthotype by Anne EderSkunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) for anthotypesAmount: About 12-15 large leaves per 16 x 20 print
Extracted using: Krups blender
Thinner: Vodka
Layers: 3
Used to create image: Laser-printed OHP positive transparency

Challenges or observations: The leaves contain calcium oxalate crystals which can be extremely irritating; best to use heavy gloves to handle.

Instagram: @darcflower
Facebook: Anne Eder

Additional information:
I create large-scale sculptures out of plant and other organic material. These shamanic and feral creatures and their artefacts are components of public art installations. After the run of the exhibition, the sculptures are brought out to my “Boneyard” to decompose. I document their entropic phase and print images using a variety of historic, alternative, or experimental processes. For a long time, I have wanted to produce a series using the skunk cabbage that is abundant at the site.

My work is produced where the natural world meets the narrative impulse. In stories, we find hope that problems may be solved, and difficulties navigated.

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