PATTI JORDAN

"The Fall of Icarus" (Fallen 001) - From the "Reconstitution" Series
2017
Digital Print of a Photographed Drawing
33in x 45in

The “Reconstitution” Series

In the initial stages of image production I’m reconstituting printer’s ink and pouring and pulling it across a smooth paper surface. This repetitive action and its ensuing forms connote the layering of present experiences over erased or invisible histories – palimpsests of viscera. In this series I’m merging photographs with the verso or negative image of a photographed drawing. These composite photographs resemble emulsive prints, such as cyanotypes and albumen prints and other 19th century photographic processes. Deviations from the original image, they challenge the primacy of the initial mark. Blurring boundaries between copy and the original, they diverge from the initial prototype, manifest in their digital manipulation and processing. An essential component in their mirroring process is an implied transition from the corporeal to the spiritual, thereby placing the works within larger frameworks of inquiry.