Glitches, shapes + holes intersecting bodies and woodland
Using intaglio, lithography, cyanotype, and more.
2018 - 2022
Ella Chedburn's practice squeezes nature through a digital lens: scanning trees, coding virtual-reality forests, wiring plants to computers, and projecting into woodland.
She intentionally misuses technology, encouraging glitches to run throughout her digital work and imitating them in her prints as floating shapes or holes. These weightless shapes intrude on her trees and figures like unseen forces or spirits, harmonising the physical natural realm with the floating digital and spiritual realms.
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32.5 x 24cm
Fanning stone dry
after grinding it
Drawing with range of grease materials after painting a gum boarder and light conte outline
Etching with different strengths of nitric acid
Wiping in a layer of asphaltum then rolling up the image with ink
Sponging stone, rolling ink, and printing image using press
Pulling a print
Dawn, December 2018, 17.6 x 28cm
Forest Glitch, March 2019. 19 x 28cm
This print references the imagery in Forest Virus, a virtual woodland created for a virtual reality headset. It generated glitches which sliced through the trees.
Tools/methods used: needle and screw scratched into a copper plate covered with hard ground. Then tarlatan and string imprinted into soft ground. Next, aquatint with sharpie pen and white ground. Etched in ferric chloride. Final deletions using burnisher and sandpaper.
These prints are made by exposing cyanotype-coated paper to UV light.
The solution turns blue when exposed to light, revealing a blue negative of the template.
Tree Wave 1 & 2 + Tree Shapes, 2021, 28 x 38 cm
Cyanotype from garlic net over a photo negative
Portal Tree, 2022, 28 x 38 cm
Moss and mesh over drawing on acetate
^ Cyanotype-coated paper and template are vacuumed together then spun into the UV light chamber. After, the print is washed and dried to reveal the final image.
These prints are based on this painting, Geometric Forest (2017), which is on display at the Walkie Talkie building in London from July 2021 until July 2022 as part of the Liberty Specialty Markets Art Award.
Geometric Forest, December 2017
1of 40 variations with different shape formations
(Silkscreen print onto 220gsm cartridge paper. 30 x 42 cm)
Offset monopritning creates a single print. Ink is carried from a plastic sheet onto a roller then onto paper. This print took about 6 hours of continually adding layers.
These prints were inspired by research about trees generating electricity
use the arrows to click through a short illustration of how trees could generate electricity...