Dr. Dain Tasker- Lily, 286x210mm, Photogravure. 1936- Printed 1937.
In the 1920s, light, and in particular the exploration of light through technological and scientific innovations, bridged the distance between artists and scientists. New inventions such as the X-Ray for medical uses in 1925 (previously x-ray machines were astronomically expensive and only available in few government facilities) led to new medium for artistic expression.
In the early 1930’s, one such scientist, Dr. Dain L. Tasker (American, 1872-1964), pioneered the use of x-rays as art, creating beautiful images of flowers. Dr. Tasker’s X-rayography, or rayography as it became known, composes his images poetically by positioning the flowers or shells in ways that tell a story.
The following images are a collaboration between myself and a QTPOC poet/spoken word artist. I took their portrait and gave them a packet that included a copy of their portrait, a sharpie and tracing paper and asked them to hand write some of their work around their portrait. The text was completely up to them.
I took that tracing paper, created a screen and screen printed that around the one of a kind print. Julissa is the first of many to come.
Julissa. 2014, From the series Queer Icons, Photogravure w/ Chine-Colle and silkscreen, 11x14, image size 8x10. Gabriel Garcia Roman