Manifold Self / This Is Not A Plant / 001

Find this piece at the Johnston Gallery in historic Mineral Point, Wisconsin

This piece is a cyanotype monoprint finished with watercolor, oil pigment and cold wax, mounted on 12″x12″x1.5″ cradled birch board and ready to hang. The image – This Is Not A Plant – is an original artwork that is part of the Manifold Self series, which is my exploration of the performance of personae; how we craft ourselves, how others see us, how our stories are contextual and shifting, and the interesting tensions and contradictions that all this creates. Enthusiastic credit for the title goes to Michel Foucault (This is not a Pipe).

Something about me

I’m a multimedia artist whose projects include fine art painting, photography, video production, metalworking and sculpture. Images in this series are based on my original photographs, then composed and adjusted digitally for the cyanotype process, and finally hand printed and painted in a traditional manner — very messy, unpredictable and thoroughly satisfying.



This piece is an original cyanotype layered with oil pigments around the edge and finished with cold wax. Even before painting, the hand printing process produces natural variation in images, making each piece unique.

The historic cyanotype process sensitizes the printing surface with a solution of iron salts that is exposed to ultraviolet light, embedding the design into the fibers. After additional layers of color, a final wax finish is worked into the surface, making it unnecessary to display the work behind glass. Cyanotypes prefer a slightly acidic environment and are mounted with pH neutral materials. Slight fading is natural with exposure to bright light; place the piece in darkness for a couple of days to restore the deeper blue tones.


Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 13 × 13 × 2 in