The Day the Sun Rose Twice

The Day the Sun Rose Twice examines the construction of nuclear power’s cultural symbolism through collaging found texts of Department of Energy Documents, excerpts of non-fiction novels of nuclear history, government periodicals and ephemera.  The reproductions employ two 19th century photographic techniques, Van Dyke printing and Kallityping, both techniques combine iron and silver salts to create photosensitive solutions that only react to UV radiation– both processes elaborate on the Cyanotype, a process historically used for reproducing architectural blueprints.

The documents are placed in a glass frame and held in contact with the light sensitive sheet and once exposed to the sun, light passes through the pulp of the paper, is blocked where there is ink, and prints both the recto and verso sides of the paper.  The pages are inscribed as a negative image with the respective sides of the paper printed overlapping as both forwards and backwards letters.  The final image is reminiscent of an x-ray and forces us to simultaneously read the text as an image and the image as a text, allowing the viewer to detour the texts original meaning and derive alternative meanings.  Over the course of their lifetime the prints will change as residual iron oxidizes the silver and gold compounds, this change could be a simple alteration in patina or the entire image could fade away.