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Item Name: Photograph
Title: IOC 052
Maker: Jessica Eaton
Year: 2018
Materials: archival pigment print
Measurements: 18 x 15"
ID Number: PC2020.3
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Looking at this colourful image, it is difficult to imagine that the artist, Jessica Eaton created it by photographing a series of grey cubes. Her process is based on the additive theory of colour in light. With paint, mixing colours is a darkening process, but light works in the opposite way, making increasingly bright colours as more light is added. Eaton uses chemical-based film and a series of filters for her camera that restrict the colour and amount of light entering her camera lens, and then she takes multiple exposures to create an image through superimposition. By using several different grey cubes and many filters, she slowly builds up light exposure onto a single negative, creating an image. Some images take more than 70 different exposures to build. As the layers of red, green or blue light from the filters overlap on the film negative, they create new colours. Eaton’s subject matter, the cube, was inspired by the work of Op Artist Josef Albers. This simple geometric form allows her to concentrate on building complexity through colour. The term, “one of an edition of five” means that this print is part of a limited set of 5 reprints from one plastic film negative. Jessica Eaton ( 1977 -) was born in Regina, and studied photography at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, earning her BFA (2006). Currently based in Montreal and New York, Eaton is internationally recognized for her innovative experiments in colour photography. Eaton works with large-format cameras, and chemical based film to create photographs about light. Her photographs have been extensively exhibited internationally and are held in numerous private and public collections.