Lecture & Workshop Host
LECTURE: Magical Plant Images
In this lecture Wiebke will introduce people to her ways of studying plants from
different angles and exploring their nature in art and photography. We will look in particular at the roll that plants play in photographic media. We will also look at the phytochemistry of photosynthesis, with a special focus on plant color pigments on the one hand and photographical techniques and photochemical processes on the other – both in which UV light is the determinant.
This will include a short exploration of non-camera processes in photography, altprocesses, photograms, salt prints (talbotypes), cyanotypes etc., which are currently experiencing a revival and which often feature(d) plants as a central subject. We will then bridge over to artistically mimicking these
processes using simple (non-chemical) materials. Ultimately we will discuss abstract conclusions and advanced ways in which these techniques can be employed in the creation of magical plant paper talismans.
Workshop: Creating Magical Plant Images
3 HOUR INTENSIVE – space is limited to 30 participants
In the workshop we will emulate the described photographic processes with the help of a few simple (non-chemical) materials – paper, coffee, alcohol and plants. Absorbent paper and plant parts will be provided for an additional fee. Alternatively you can also use own materials, e.g. your favorite root talisman, stones etc. The goal of the workshop is to create plant paper talismans, that evoke ephemeral or spectral effects yet are lasting in nature. These plant papers can at the same time
become the basis for a future workshop, in which magical sigils or other related images would be drawn upon them.
Workshop requirements: prepare at least 3 cups of strong black coffee or tea, a clean surface to place your papers on, a sponge, tweezers.
Optional add on’s to have on hand: alcohol- or oil based extracts of corresponding plant materials, honey, stones.
$65 add on Fee
$12 Materials Fee (optional) If you would like to be provided with and pay for paper + plant materials or you may use your own.
Add Wiebke’s immersive virtual workshop to your registration here.
**You must be registered by August 31st to receive materials in time of workshop. Materials are not mandatory to attend the workshop.
You may register after August 31st but materials will receive the materials after the event.
BIO: Wiebke Rost is an artist from Germany, working in different media. Her photography and occult illustrations have been exhibited in London, Berlin and other places in Germany. Originally a student and doctorand of human medicine, she has always also been an active artist and contributed written and visual content to different magazines and publications. Her main subjects are man and nature.
Her art has been characterized as “evocative” and “capturing the essence”. A certain gloom or melancholia is often present in her work as well as a fascination for symbolism. Besides art and duties pertaining to her occult art project Teufelskunst, she is also a passionate gardener. In 2020 she gave birth to her first son.
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