Sally Chapman, Mythic Nature – Portfolio Competition Winner

Exhibition Dates: July 13 – August 7, 2022

In Mythic Nature I create compositions of an imagined world. I am fascinated by statuary in private and public spaces. These monuments have been erected to embody the mythos, ideals, and spiritual aspirations of the community. They are tributes to the sacrifice of local heroes, ancient gods, or religious icons and form the basis of my imagery. I digitally remove the statues from their stark plinths and merge them with an envisioned landscape, ensconced in blankets of flowers from manicured formal gardens, farmlands, or watery hideaways that contrast the hand-hewn surfaces of statues with the natural world. From these composited images, I create digital negatives which I use to print in the 19th century cyanotype process. Drawn to this technique for its tactile quality, I further add my hand into the image by drawing and coloring with pastels. The vertical orientation is a nod to the Asian scroll format and accentuates the upward movement of the statuary and the flowering plants as they both reach for the light and our ideals.