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Humans Are Not the Only People, 2020

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Size: 8x6"

Copper oxide, chestnut skins, and salt on paper

About the materials

In the winter of 2020, while on a 4-week silent retreat with 5 other Artmonks, I began foraging for materials to make my own inks. The desire to make my own inks has been rising in me for some time, first and foremost to decrease the amount of plastic I'm "consuming". The inks I had been using up until making my own were alcohol-based and came bottled in plastic with an additional plastic wrapper. If I ordered them online they came with more packaging still. So in the depths of Vermont winter, I began looking around, on our land and in the kitchen. While the process of making ink is notably time consuming, the process brings me closer to the land I live on — the ancestral land of the Abenaki people. I feel more aligned with my ethics and have a new sense of curiosity in the work.



In concordance with my heartfelt wish to honor the earth and be living with increasing ecological sustainability, I use frames have been reclaimed! These are high quality frames that once hung in a hotel in Vermont. The frame is made of wood and painted silver and gold. I cut the matte myself to make sure it is the perfect size to show off the original painting and look great in the frame. I use archival-quality acid-free matte. A piece of reclaimed backing material (foamboard, chipboard, or matting) is added in the back to secure the original and the matting inside. That backing is then taped to the frame using eco-friendly tape. I use tape so that it would be possible in the future to remove the painting from the frame. The hanging apparatus is extremely sturdy and will work with a simple nail.


This original painting is available with a window matting, bevel cut. The matte is acid-free archival quality. Color is as pictured. The finished dimensions of the matte are 18x20". If you'd like a different color, different size, or an additional matte, it is possible! Just send me an email and we can work it out: betsy@artmonastery.org. You can also contact me through the online form.


Humans Are Not the Only People

original painting 8x6", Copper oxide, chestnut skins, and salt on paper.

 

About the materials

In the winter of 2020, while on a 4-week silent retreat with 5 other Artmonks, I began foraging for materials to make my own inks. The desire to make my own inks has been rising in me for some time, first and foremost to decrease the amount of plastic I'm "consuming". The inks I had been using up until making my own were alcohol-based and came bottled in plastic with an additional plastic wrapper. If I ordered them online they came with more packaging still. So in the depths of Vermont winter, I began looking around, on our land and in the kitchen. While the process of making ink is notably time consuming, the process brings me closer to the land I live on — the ancestral land of the Abenaki people. I feel more aligned with my ethics and have a new sense of curiosity in the work.

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