May she fade into the swamp by Jeff Edwards

Hand altered 4x5" colour negative

The pain in the arse part of doing political work in the current climate is most of the time when I finish a piece the politician has either quit or been fired ...... but not this one! Betsy Devos secretary of education who is terribly unqualified and I wouldn't trust with my daughters play-doh scissors let alone her education.

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Goodbye 2018 by Jeff Edwards

Last post of 2018! Its been a great year and I have made some amazing breakthroughs. Plus I have started the work for some great things in 2019 and 2020! Thank you everyone for your support!
This is a new 4x5" Negative created by exposing it with micro explosions and smoke.

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Blasting out some new and old work! by Jeff Edwards

Have had some serious break throughs with the black and white work over the week. Looking forward to seeing them on the screen as the negatives look insane! 
Anyways here is one from another body of work, it rly makes me think of the baby masked torturers from the film "Brazil". Which is oddly appropriate for this particular fiend.

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Large Format by Jeff Edwards

So one of the great things about working with large format film, in my case 4x5" is that I can make the images big. With the series I am working on now the larger ones will be over 150cm. Not just to have a huge print but so that small details will really stand on there own .... like this.

 

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Sneak Peak by Jeff Edwards

Here is a sneak peak at work in progress! This image (and those to follow) will go along with the Ice Negatives and involves concepts of created landscapes, worlds, environments and works with uncontrollable abstraction. This is created from a 4x5" b&w film negative...... knew I would get tiny explosions to work with film someday ;)

 

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Series of seven from one negative by Jeff Edwards

Several weeks ago I was talking to my friend John McDougall about intentionally created abstraction, naturally created, or abstraction out of control of the artist. So I have decided to share this image, it is a series of seven from the same negative that has been altered, analysed and then re altered many times to the point of almost complete deletion. In this process I am mostly in control of the overall outcome. And now I am off to work on the next part of the black and white negative series working with ice, where I have almost no control.

 

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Ghostly Atmospherics by Jeff Edwards

20x24 print from 4x5" negative
Well this is an image that I way over worked, but in the end really like. The ghostly atmospherics, with only vague recognisable facial features. I also really reminds me of one of my favourite artists Francis Bacon.

 

 

 

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Crack the Void by Jeff Edwards

Ok last Ice Negative image for a while as I need to work a few things out. However I am still working on several projects and will be posting some new work thats part of a yet to be titled project. For now here is "Crack the Void" Silver Gelatin Print from a 4x5 negative in ice.

 

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Ice Etching by Jeff Edwards

Ice Etching

I have found this one particularly interesting over the past few days. Each time I go over it I find new depth, shadow and layers I hadn't noticed before. Such detail in a graphic etching sort of way I would never expect from Ice and film. Almost as if the ice has etched the Negative itself. It is also very Planetary, to be more specific one of Saturn's moons Enceladus.

 

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Lost Ice Cavern by Jeff Edwards

I see this one as a cavern with a small spotlight from the top being the only light within. It was believed nothing could live between a certain depth or temperature until life was discovered under an Atlantic ice sheet. Bacteria and microbes already on the film or transferred from my hands could have had their own environment within this small 4x5" space that slowly froze. Did they die, did they simply hibernate then awoke in the cavern days later?

 

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America in Decay by Jeff Edwards

"America in Decay" 
Rest assured the American dream ... well what was left of it is dead. With the final life support plug pulled by trump and his cronies. What do we call it now that we are in fact living in a dystopian universe? 

 

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Cosmic Stillness by Jeff Edwards

It is amazing how much motion there is in what is essentially a still life. Almost as if its an image of the ice exploding or imploding. This one also feels very cosmic to me almost like a black hole where you can see space gathered before being sucked in and spit out.

 

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The Jokers Wild by Jeff Edwards

I did this one about 6 months ago but only shared it on my facebook page so I wanted to share it here as well. With the ever changing and terrifying political climate I have had many ideas about expressing myself about it through my work. Yet I have been hesitant because we are already so saturated with the amount of political work out there that I wanted to make sure I had something worth it. So here is "The Jokers Wild" my homage to the evil that is Theresa May. I have been working on one of Commander Agent Orange but his skin ..... being orange has turned out very difficult to work with ...... seriously. 

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