Charles Wisseman, Mixed Media Artist



Next entry in the cubic foot of art project—Shadows and bones book. January – lots of black, white , and gray. I imagine that I am seeing the bones of the world, as in medical images, so I went back into my darkroom to make photograms of leaves and other dried plant materials on handmade papers brushed with liquid black and white emulsion. These are folded and drummed together into a book. The covers are cross-sections of bone (elk?) embedded in epoxy and polished. Suspended in the middle is a red seed—new life waiting for spring to emerge from under layers of last year’s plant detritus. Black, white, and red is a color combination with deep symbolism in many cultures, and are the first colors to be assigned names by various languages. Garden catalogs are arriving now, so someone believes that germination will happen.
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