Created in collaboration with artist Megan Bent, these leaf, or chlorophyll prints are drawn from historical images of the City of Redmond held in the collections of the Redmond Historical Society. I curated out a group of images that represented the city’s unique history and its inhabitants. Our other collaborators included nature – the sun and different plant species – that facilitated the making of this work. Woodworker Tom Gaylord also played an instrumental role in designing and consulting on the creation of the light-safe display boxes for this work.
We visited Farrell McWhirter Farm and The Heron Rookery to source leaf samples and harvested leaves from in and around Redmond. Some of our experiments resulted in mottled greenish gray printing failures, while hosta, gingko, and blackberry, yielded some of the best results. As the sun bleached out the chlorophyll from each leaf, the individual fibers, striations and variations of each form began to inform the composition of our images. We presented these images as both the original chlorophyll prints alongside digital enlargements of each leaf print to further enhance the experience of viewing these objects.