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Artefact is an exhibition celebrating slow photography and the time-honoured techniques of the hand-printed processes of Vandyke, Cyanotype & Gum bichromate, focusing on still life imagery, by mid-career photographer Kim Sinclair.
PhotoAccess. Canberra 5 -29 April 2018
‘Kim Sinclair spent two years drawing & painting at the Ontario College of Art & Design in her native Toronto, Canada before a summer class in basic photography shifted her focus & passion to Photographic Arts. At a time when digital photography was beginning its great revolution in the
photo industry, Kim continued her work in traditional silver gelatin print methods and explored historic photographic processes, primarily Cyanotype & Vandyke. Graduating with a diploma in Photomedia, Kim received the Verant Richard’s Award for excellence in Alternative Photographic Practice and earned a 6-month darkroom scholarship to Gallery 44, the foremost artist-run Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto.
After exhibiting and working for nearly ten years in the movie and commercial photo industry in Toronto, Kim moved to Canberra, Australia in 2001. Since then, she has tutored many classes in traditional darkroom and alternative photographic practices. Today, Kim divides her time between family and her photographic arts practice as she continues to produce, exhibit and contribute her artwork to projects. Influence from an early drawing & painting background is evident in the loosely-brushed, paint-like application Kim often utilises. Multiple imagery, layering techniques and sequencing methods are also arrangements characteristically recognised throughout much of Kim’s work.’
Main photograph: Tutu (detail), 2018, gum over cyanotype, 10.5 x 12.5cm