MAC at the Library is a collaboration between MAC and the Media-Upper Providence Free Library. Our temporary rotating exhibit located in the Media-Upper Providence Free Library features curated works available for sale and appreciation, with a portion of every sale going to MAC and the Library.
Go see the works in person at the Library, 1 E Front St, Media, PA 19063
The exhibit changes seasonally.
To purchase any of the works of art, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page
I began revisiting alternative photographic processes out of a desire to make handmade prints within the space and practical restrictions of my small apartment. Cyanotypes, especially, appeal to me because they allow me to combine the convenience of digital photography with a 19th century printing process, bridging present and past. Cyanotypes are simple in that they require a minimum of equipment—I apply iron-salt emulsion by hand to virtually any absorbent material, expose to sunlight and develop in trays of water in the bathtub. Cyanotypes are also flexible, with seemingly endless potential for experimentation.
The process is slow and timely: an afternoon of printmaking begins several days prior, with the transformation of digital images into large format negatives, the collection of natural materials, the mixing of chemicals and the tearing and coating of paper. Printing itself can be slow and haphazard as it depends largely on the weather. If clouds roll in, the day’s printing session is cut short. If the sun suddenly reemerges, it’s game on. I am propelled to new solutions by the failures, pleasantly surprised and just as often frustrated by the serendipity of the process.
I frequently capture images on hikes, focusing on the emptiness of landscape and transient beauty of both natural and man-made forms. Snippets of natural elements make an appearance in my works as ghostly photograms, a nod to Anna Atkin’s historical use of the process to document botanical findings.
One day Dana Crossan took a drive through Chester. She was surrounded by so much sadness and poverty.
Abandoned motels, buildings, and storefronts. So many homes and lives lost.
She couldn’t look away. She found herself driving through Chester every day. How could this area be a neighborhood. How can these streets still house families and schools when every other building is abandoned.
As a country we have failed so many neighbors.
Crossan’s paintings reflect her reactions to these buildings. She paints reality.
My work represents my love for surface and texture. I gather inspiration from rusted, scratched, dented, marred or otherwise weathered objects, both man-made and from nature. I’m drawn to the beauty of imperfection.
I see a unique richness in objects that are exposed to various elements and environments over time. I attempt to replicate that process on each painted surface. Like-wise in life, we become enriched by layers of experiences which leave behind deposits of memories, and scars creating a unique texture within us.
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