MEGHANN RIEPENHOFF - CHRONOGRAPH #33 / LITTORAL DRIFT + ECOTONE
Chronograph #33 — Fotobokfestival Oslo, Oslo, Norway, 09.10.20-09.20-20, Ten Pages for Ten Days — is a ten-page hand-bound cyanotype accordion book made for Fotobokfestival Oslo. Chronographs are exhibition-specific books comprised of unexposed cyanotype folios, with one folio for each day of an exhibition. The exhibitor turns the book to a new a page each day, thereby initiating exposure. The books are cumulative records of the environment; pages change throughout the day, responding to the light, weather, and time. The cyanotype pages are never fixed, their fugitive nature pointing to impermanence and our ever-changing relationship to the environment.
These books consider the exhibition period as a generative time, where works occur and evolve during the duration of a show, and are built on the idea that books are inherently a time-based object, experienced over time as a viewer encounters them.
Littoral Drift + Ecotone
Littoral Drift + Ecotone is a two-volume trade edition, collecting two major projects. Both projects stem from the artist’s fascination with our relationship to the landscape, the sublime, time, and impermanence. Consisting of cyanotypes made directly in the landscape, precipitation, waves, wind, and sediment physically etch into the photo chemistry; the prints simultaneously expose in sunlight and wash in the water around them. Photochemically, the pieces are never wholly processed; they continue to change over time in response to environments that they encounter.
Meghann Riepenhoff works collaboratively with the environment to generate fugitive photographs, most commonly using her own version of the cyanotype process. Her work is fueled by an interest in impermanence, wildness, and the complicated dynamic between humans and their environment. Riepenhoff is from the southern United States, where she spent her youth splashing in bioluminescent waves, watching lightning bugs in the woods, and becoming enchanted with the ever-changing, magical nature of the landscape. She is now based in San Francisco, CA and Bainbridge Island, WA, but works in landscapes all over the world.