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Living Echo II

by Rachel Sokal


Artist: Rachel Sokal

Title: Living Echo II

Date: 2012

Dimensions: 42 cm x 29.7 cm (A3)

Medium: Giclée Print on Museum Grade Quality Paper

Edition size: 50


This limited edition giclée print on museum grade archival paper is a reproduction of a photograph which as been printed on a leaf using only sunlight.


If you would like to collect the print from Antlers HQ in Cabot Circus, or our show in Stroud please select Andorra as shipping destination and you will not be charged for postage.


Living Echo is Rachel’s current body of work and the culmination of two years of experimentation. These are photos printed onto leaves using only sunlight.

By placing a photo printed onto clear acetate over a leaf, then exposing it to the sun for several days, the leaf itself takes on the image. Where the acetate image cast a protective shadow over areas of the leaf, it stays a healthy green or darker brown. Where the sun shines through the clear highlights of the image overlay, it damages the leaf rather in a similar way to our own skin, though drying and bleaching rather than darkening it. The leaf is still alive as the photo develops into its cellular structure; only drying once the process is over and the photo overlay is lifted away. Just as the leaf itself had a lifespan, so does the image now printed onto it. Rachel’s chlorophyll prints are purposely left ‘unfixed’ and chemical free. This means the images continue their slow change whenever they are exposed to sunlight, slowly bleaching and disappearing forever.

This Limited Edition Print of the original photograph has been launched by Antlers to coincide with their show - Old Beliefs

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