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AMELIA THE AVIATRESS (SOARING OVER ZINC STARRY SKIES) XL
Original Zinc Cyanotype. Cyanotype, handmade paper, chemically painted, heat treated copper leaf.
Handmade recycled cotton rag paper:
150gsm / 100% Cotton Rag / Recycled / Acid Free / Medium Rough
This artwork was inspired by pioneering pilot and adventurer extraordinaire Amelia Earhart. Defying
gender roles, she built an unorthodox career in a man's world; she was a compelling force in aviation
and women's rights; diversified her career with lectures, writing, and business ventures.
Earhart dared to be different, an inspiring role model for women and one of the most famous flyers
of her day.
Amelia The Aviatress (Soaring Over Zinc Starry Skies XL) was created by constructing a hand-cut
collage using female photographic portraiture and hand-drawn illustrations of birds.
After coating the handmade paper with light-sensitive chemistry, it is left to dry in a dark room. The
large-scale negative is contact printed onto the paper by exposure to daylight (UV rays). The print is
then processed by thoroughly washing in water to remove any unexposed solution. It can then be
hung to dry, developing to full density Prussian blue after 24 hours. Once the image is fixed it is hand
finished with chemically washed, heat treated zinc leaf.
SymbolismThe birds represent flight/ her life as a pilot and the warrior style mask made of a hawk in a diving
position symbolises her sense of adventure, to reflect her first aviation record broken, and as a
tribute to her unwavering dedication to fighting for women's rights and gender equality.
Earhart used the fame from her flying endeavors as a platform for her feminism, she espoused
feminist beliefs and motioned women to assert themselves in male dominated spaces. She fought
continually throughout her career to show the world that she, and, by extension, her gender as a
whole, was capable of many accomplishments when given the chance. Earhart encouraged females
to follow her lead and take advantage of any chance to better themselves, believing that if women
wanted equality, they would have to be assertive. Her passion may have been flying, but her career
as a pilot was not just "for the fun of it." When she was not in the air, she spent the majority of her
time reaching out to and encouraging women through her writing and lectures.
Just before she took off for her final flight, she wrote to her husband, "I want to do it because I want
to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a
challenge to others". Earhart offset her femininity with an inculpable dose of masculinity, balancing
her reserve and candor, all of which made her the embodiment of an individualistic feminist and the
perfect spokesperson for women. Earhart's contributions to women's concepts of personal self and
professional life afford her a distinctive place in the history of feminism.
Signed by the Artist.
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