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NOBEL MARIE (STUDY IN ZINC)
Original Gold Leaf Cyanotype. Cyanotype, handmade paper, chemically painted, heat treated zinc leaf.
Handmade recycled cotton rag paper:
150gsm / 100% Cotton Rag / Recycled / Acid Free / Medium Rough
This artwork was inspired by Polish-born physicist, chemist and a pioneer in the study of radiation,
Marie Curie. She was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize and is the only person, male or
female, to receive two Nobel Prizes in different scientific fields.
Through her legendary achievements in science and an obsessive dedication to her work, Curie set a
shining example for future generations of researchers. This chemical heroine was indeed one of the
greatest scientists of the twentieth century.
Nobel Marie (Study In Zinc) was created by constructing a hand-cut collage using female
photographic portraiture, photograms made from antique slides of microscopic cells, and a Blue
The model's portrait was taken on film and hand printed in the darkroom then the other elements
collaged on top. The microscopic cells were printed in the darkroom using antique medical slides of
cell structures to create the necklace and the blue morpho butterfly was placed inside the
photographic enlarger and printed through it.
The butterfly symbolises rebirth, life, hope and metamorphosis and is used to represent and
celebrate Curies life's work. A pioneer in the study of radiation, Curie had no idea of the dangers
inherent in exposure to radioactive elements, working with radioactive materials ultimately killed her.
She died of a blood disease in 1934. At the expense of her own health, Marie's efforts protected
others from dangerous exposure to radiation. She gave her life so other people could live.
After coating the handmade paper with light-sensitive chemistry, it is left to dry in a dark room. The
large-scale negative is contact printed onto the paper by exposure to daylight (UV rays). The print is
then processed by thoroughly washing in water to remove any unexposed solution. It can then be
hung to dry, developing to full density Prussian blue after 24 hours. Once the image is fixed it is hand
finished with chemically washed, heat treated zinc leaf to produce the effect of organic matter and
Signed by the Artist.
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