Broken Parts: As a visually impaired artist, these works mirror the idea of things that are broken or different have their own unique beauty. The process of photographing things that were broken was intended as a way to put the broken parts back together as a way to repair them. The works are done with the 20x24 Polaroid camera and the gum printing process.

With the gum printing process, each print can take several days to print and is unique. On the gum print process: Gum bichromate is a 19th-century photographic printing process based on the light sensitivity of dichromates. It is capable of rendering painterly images from photographic negatives. Gum printing is traditionally a multi-layered printing process, but satisfactory results may be obtained from a single pass. Any color can be used for gum printing, so natural-color photographs are also possible by using this technique in layers. Gum bichromate (or dichromate) printing involves creating a working emulsion made of three components: Gum arabic A dichromate (usually ammonium or potassium) Pigment The emulsion is spread on a support, such as paper, and allowed to dry. A negative or matrix is then laid over top the emulsion and exposed to a UV light source. Usually a contact printing device or a sheet of heavy glass to ensure even, constant contact is employed. The light source will harden the dichromate in proportion to the densities of your negative. After exposure, the paper is placed in a series of plain water baths and allowed to develop until the unhardened portions of the emulsion have dissipated. The paper is completely dried and the process is then repeated.

Melanie Walker Broken Parts Gum Dichromate
Pitcher
1986
Gum Dichromate
15x20
Melanie Walker Broken Parts Gum Dichromate
Cones and Rods
1986
Gum Dichromate
15x20
Melanie Walker Broken Parts Gum Dichromate
Triumph of the Egg (after Outerbridge and Steichen)
1985
Gum Dichromate
15x20
Melanie Walker Broken Parts Gum Dichromate
Broken
1987
Gum Dichromate
15x20
Melanie Walker Broken Parts Gum Dichromate
Summer Dream
1984
Gum Dichromate
15x20
Melanie Walker Broken Parts Gum Dichromate
Checkered Past
1983
Gum Dichromate
15x20
Melanie Walker Broken Parts Gum Dichromate
Untitled
1983
Gum Dichromate
15x20
Melanie Walker Broken Parts Gum Dichromate
Milky Way with the Big Dipper
1984
Gum Dichromate
15x20
Melanie Walker Broken Parts Gum Dichromate
Suspension Animation
1985
Gum Dichromate
15x20
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