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Sustainable Printing in the Age of the Anthropocene

Olivia Arau-McSweeney

A material study of alternative printmaking and analog photographic processes, Sustainable Printing in the Age of the Anthropocene explores sustainable and experimental ways of creating imagery.

Drawing from historical art traditions and contemporary experimental work, this project presents the process and results of finding non-toxic approaches to intaglio and relief printmaking, and black and white analog photography. Some of these approaches use common household items like icing sugar, instant coffee and common garden plants to replace toxic aspects of the printing and photo developing processes.

The aim of this work is to create a space for art practices that shift and adapt to our overly polluted world and address the environmental and health issues we face without losing hope for the future of our planet.

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