Polaroid emulsion lift photograph on watercolor paper.
This piece began with an image captured on polaroid film using a vintage sx-70 Polaroid camera. Through a process of immersion in hot and then cold water the image, which is secured in a gel-like emulsion, is lifted off of the plastic backing. The image floats freely in the water, before being placed to dry on watercolor paper. In a more traditional process, the artist would smooth out the image completely. I, however, like to keep some of the wrinkles, to capture the movement that happens in the emulsion lift process so that the fluidity that I enjoy so much in the process is not lost in the final product.
Tuck was created with a polaroid photograph taken at the edge of Barr Lake near Denver, Colorado. The thin emulsion overlaps and dog-ears in the upper right, giving a dimensional feel to the otherwise flat image. This pieces also has a unique patterning in emulsion base that reveals its traditional film ancestry.
Painting/photograph size: approx. 3x3"
Framed dimensions: 9.75" x 9.75" x 1.75"