In my previous post I described how, by chance, I developed a method to produce the pesticide prints using Hahnemuhle Rice Photopaper and a pesticide spray and intended to “experiment with different ways of applying the pesticide (brush, sponge, spray)”
It has since transpired that the element of chance was even greater than I had originally described. I discovered that the effect on the Rice Paper had been due to the paper having been returned to the box upside down. I was printing on the wrong, untreated, side of the paper. This explained why the effect did not work on the other photo papers; equally when I tried spraying images printed on the treated side of HM Rice Paper, I could not achieve the same effect as previously.
Having discovered this, I tried printing on a range of papers e.g. plain card, water colour paper, untreated sides of different photo papers. Each gave a different result, some more effective than others.
Innova Decor Watercolour Inkjet paper - treated side
Innova Decor Watercolour Inkjet paper - untreated side
Hahnemuhle Bamboo Inkjet paper -untreated side
Eventually I decided that a range of effects could be obtained from printing and spraying on Hahnemuhle Bamboo Mixed Media Paper (from their Artists Papers series).
Different results could be obtained by spraying direct from the pesticide bottle or by using mist sprayers. Tilting the paper caused the inks to run and produced different patterns. None of the methods are entirely controllable and the end results contain a significant element of chance. This is in the tradition of the surrealist movement whose members “embraced the element of chance” (Lebowitz 2018).
Hahnemuhle Bamboo Mixed Media
Lebowitz, R. (2018) 8 Surrealist Photographers You Should Know, from Dora Maar to Man Ray. At: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-8-surrealist-photographers-dora-maar-man-ray (Accessed 26/11/2020).