CHEMIGRAM

 A never ending and ever changing experimentation.

The Chemigrams are a result of combining pictorial techniques such as abstract expressionism with photographic processes, with the particularity that there is no image to develop, the artwork is the result of controlling  light exposure and manipulating chemical reactions on photosensitive paper to achieve textures and colors.

I started working with this technique when I felt restricted by the figurative, narrative and metaphoric nature of photography. breaking away from this restriction i found in chemigrams a way to explore abstract  languages and raw expression.

This series is a purely experimental and escapes the necessity of concrete conclusions. Nevertheless there are three things that, so far, seem to be inmutable:

Firstly, unlike photography, which finds its conclusion in the moment it captures, this series will never have such definitive resolution. The unpredictable activity of light and chemical interaction on photographic paper creates infinite possibilities for composition, texture and colour. An ongoing conflict between artist and chemistry. 

Secondly, results are ephemeral, there a moments when a work expresses an intense beauty, destroyed in seconds by the ongoing agitation of light and chemicals. Its ever changing surface is both exhilarating and heart breaking.

Lastly, chemigrams speaks to our aesthetic sensibility. It is a form of artwork that lacks rationality as its primary meaning exists in the realm of instinct and emotions.

A never ending, ever changing experimentation.

The Chemigrams are a result of combining pictorial techniques such as abstract expressionism with photographic processes, with the particularity that there is no image to develop, the artwork is the result of controlling  light exposure and manipulating chemical reactions on photosensitive paper to achieve textures and colors.

I started working with this technique when I felt restricted by the figurative, narrative and metaphoric nature of photography. breaking away from this restriction i found in chemigrams a way to explore abstract  languages and raw expression.

This series is a purely experimental and escapes the necessity of concrete conclusions. Nevertheless there are three things that, so far, seem to be inmutable:

Firstly, unlike photography, which finds its conclusion in the moment it captures, this series will never have such definitive resolution. The unpredictable activity of light and chemical interaction on photographic paper creates infinite possibilities for composition, texture and colour. An ongoing conflict between artist and chemistry. 

Secondly, results are ephemeral, there a moments when a work expresses an intense beauty, destroyed in seconds by the ongoing agitation of light and chemicals. Its ever changing surface is both exhilarating and heart breaking.

Lastly, chemigrams speaks to our aesthetic sensibility. It is a form of artwork that lacks rationality as its primary meaning exists in the realm of instinct and emotions.

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