This portfolio contains work from 3 separate projects: Anthotype Dress 2011, Fuchsia 16mm film 2012, Storydress II 2008. Each project explores the bittersweet desire to capture things through photography.
Anthotype Dress uses a process invented by Herschel in the 1840s which uses the light sensitive juice of plants to make a photograph out of its own decay. The subject of the chromogenic photographs is a handmade dress lined with anthotypes on silk. Every time the skirt is lifted to reveal the anthotype, it fades even more.
Fuchsia is a 16mm film which shows the process of obtaining the light sensitive juice of the flower which is used to create a transient image of itself. The care and subtle violence of the process is presented within the conservator's laboratory.
Storydress II is a series of albumen prints made from wet-plate collodion negatives. The subject is a lifesize paper mache sculpture made out of recorded reminiscences.
Christine Elfman is an artist based in San Francisco whose work combines photography, painting, textiles, and film to explore the relationship between transience and conservation. From the Philadelphia area, Elfman received her MFA in Photography from California College of the Arts in 2012. After receiving her BFA in Painting from Cornell University in 2004, she lived in Rochester, NY while using 19th century photographic processes in her skylight studio. While there, she worked as an intern for collodion photographer France Scully Osterman, at the George Eastman House, and the Rare Books Libary at the University of Rochester. Elfman has been awarded The San Francisco Foundation Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, CCA Graduate Merit Scholarship, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists Career Development Fellowship, a residency at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY, and the Faculty Medal of Art from the Cornell Art Department. Her work has been exhibited nationally.
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