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The Story Behind "Tower" ... by Amy Rockett-Todd

"Tower" ferrotype mosaic assemblage.  MANUS portfolio.  Amy Rockett-Todd 2014.

"Tower" ferrotype mosaic assemblage.  MANUS portfolio.  Amy Rockett-Todd 2014.

"Tower" (detail).  Amy Rockett-Todd 2014.

"Tower" (detail).  Amy Rockett-Todd 2014.

My design and architecture background helps guide my artistic endeavors, which led to this new work, MANUS, combining art, architecture and photography.  With the creation of each piece, I am inspired by historic buildings in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

The Tower piece is based off of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK.  There are 8 image sections symbolic of the 8 residential balcony levels within this building.  The images are adhered to a 30.60.90-degree triangular substrate.  The angle degrees match the angle degrees used within the Tower’s structure, as all angles within the building are either 30.60. or 90 degree angles.  The 8 (4x5) ferrotype images on the right of the piece are abstracted images taken digitally directly from the exterior of the site, then printed onto OHP film and exposed via the wet plate collodion process in the darkroom.  The 8 ferrotype images on the left of the piece are abstracted ginkgo leaf images, symbolic of Frank Lloyd Wright’s beloved ginkgo tree.  He had his home and studio originally built around his beloved ginkgo tree.  This piece stands roughly 4 feet tall and includes 16 one-of-a-kind ferrotype images.  The ginkgo images have all been hand-tinted with archival pastels in oranges, yellows, and blues, and have been varnished with a sandarac lavender oil varnish, as all of my collodion images are sealed with this protective varnish layer. 

Most of the architecture-based pieces in the MANUS portfolio are directly born from a building's design.  It's aesthetics and structure is reflected in the way each art piece is photographed, designed, and created.

The Story Behind “Abundant Life” … by Amy Rockett-Todd

"Abundant Life" ferrotype mosaic assemblage.  MANUS portfolio.  Amy Rockett-Todd 2014.

"Abundant Life" ferrotype mosaic assemblage.  MANUS portfolio.  Amy Rockett-Todd 2014.

Abundant Life Building on South Boulder in Tulsa, Oklahoma, built in 1957 for Oral Roberts Ministries.

Abundant Life Building on South Boulder in Tulsa, Oklahoma, built in 1957 for Oral Roberts Ministries.

My design and architecture background helps guide my artistic endeavors, which led to this new work, MANUS, combining art, architecture and photography.  With the creation of each piece, I am inspired by historic buildings in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

“Abundant Life” in the MANUS portfolio, was inspired by a building in Tulsa called Abundant Life.  It was built in 1957 to house Oral Roberts Ministries.  I found it curious that an evangelist healer would build a structure devoid of any windows.  The exterior is clad with triangular facets with small golden adornments central to the façade.  Contrary to many beliefs that gold was used symbolically for his “riches”, gold is said to be the only color that the color-blind Roberts could differentiate from all other colors. 

MANUS’ “Abundant Life” consists of 46 ferrotype triangles.  Each triangle was contact printed with an enlarger.  They are each 2.5 inches.  Alternate triangle pairs are mounted onto thick plex mounting blocks, which are acrylic-welded onto a sheet of clear plex as the final substrate.  Then matted and framed in a 3 inch thick white-washed maple box frame.  The overall framed piece measures 36x40. 

Each triangle’s imagery is an abstracted design, digitally captured from the building.  The building was abandoned in the mid 70s and has been in a continual state of decay since.  Walking around the building, smells of rotting materials escape the large rear grade-level vent, as well as from the slight overhang around the perimeter of the building.  There is a mail chute on the south side of the building that has been boarded over and has “WASTE” handwritten on it.  (This “WASTE” image is hidden on one of the “Abundant Life” triangle art pieces.)  I added hand-painted gold details on a singular triangle art piece for the golden adornment on the façade.   The triangular pieces are also falling from the building, leaving gaps on the building’s skin.  This is also reflected in the visual arrangements of “Abundant Life”. 

Most of the architecture-based pieces in the MANUS portfolio are directly born from a building's design.  It's aesthetics and structure is reflected in the way each art piece is photographed, designed, and created.

 

 

Reflecting ... by Amy Rockett-Todd

Under the bridge in Rockport, Maine - Maine Media Workshops - Wet Plate Collodion with Jill Enfield, Summer 2013

Under the bridge in Rockport, Maine - Maine Media Workshops - Wet Plate Collodion with Jill Enfield, Summer 2013

I've been shooting wet plate collodion images on tin and glass for 8 months, since my workshop at Maine Media Workshops ... and thought it would be a nice balance to do a bit of film processing since being so wrapped up in the collodion process.  I am about 10 rolls into processing (roughly 20 total, so far) and noticed a few pinhole frames I shot during my time at the workshop.  We were on-location under the bridge at the Rockport, Maine marina.  It was only our second on-location shoot and were testing what it is like to be away from the darkroom ... relying only on an ice fishing tent and/or a portable wooden darkbox as our darkroom for the day.