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Untitled (California Native Plants: Buckwheat) by Christine Nguyen
Untitled (California Native Plants: Buckwheat) by Christine Nguyen

Untitled (California Native Plants: Buckwheat), 2014

Christine Nguyen

Stalks of California buckwheat dance through a deep blue cosmos in this fascinating work, which uses a 19th century blueprinting process called cyanotype. Cyanotype uses sunlight to create images as cast shadows. This image shows the delicate shadow-prints of buckwheat stalks superimposed over a backdrop that recalls the starry cosmos. This technique allows the artist to explore the parallels between micro and macro worlds, imagining a prism where we can look back and forth between them.

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