(American, b. 1946)
Gum bichromate print, hand colored
Image: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)
Gift of the Artist 2023.24
In the 1970s, Bea Nettles helped revive almost extinct photographic techniques such as gum bichromate and hand-coloring, processes used together in Jabba at Penland.
Gum bichromate gave early photographers the ability to add color to their images. Nettles uses it, along with hand coloring (note the red eyes), to impart a mythical, historical tone to this ”portrait” of a toy depicting the modern sci-fi villain Jabba the Hutt from the Star Wars franchise. He presides not over a galaxy but over a rocky hill overlooking a parking area at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, where Nettles has taught.
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