HELENE STURDIVANT MAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY

Elizabeth Opalenik: Mordancage

November 23, 2013 - January 5, 2014 / Curated by Virginia Felch

Elizabeth Opalenik is a Bay Area photographer and instructor with a passion for the French photographic process, mordançage, where silver emulsion is chemically lifted, removed, or rearranged in the shadow areas during the development of high contrast gelatin silver prints. Oplalenik is known for figurative work where “draped veils” are accomplished by using drops of water to preserve and rearrange the delicate floating silver skin of each image in her darkroom, making each image unique.

Elizabeth Opalenik, Finding Self #10,2010, unique mordancage silver glatin  print 

Finding Self #10, unique mordancagee silver gelatin print, 2013, 11.5" x 7.5"