Sade Gap at Stevenson University
The cyanotype (or blueprint), created in the 1840s and used largely by architects, and later Photographers it is one of the earliest non-camera photographic processes. Cyanotype images are developed with the aid of the sun rather than artificial light. The process allowed architects to make copies of their drawings prior to age of the photocopier. In Steven Riddle hands, the cyanotype is used to produce work that is imbued with motifs, images that represent his artistic process. (hands, scissors, brushes and clocks) The motifs are hand painted onto transparent film, and then exposed on paper. The variation from one panel to the next is a result of the unpredictability of the environment in which the work is made. The scale demanded a natural environment as studio. A family cabin in central pennsylvania provided riddle the needed resources, a sunny field to develop his images and a nearby stream afford the water to rinse the paper. Shade Gap is a reference to the neair by village where riddle bought supplies.