Cornelia Tersanszki

On Display: 7:00pm daily, except during private bookings
Artist Location: Bistrita, Romania

Artist Statement:

In my art practice I mainly use two very special techniques: the ancient technique of reverse glass painting and cyanotype, the alternative photography. I love glass because it has its own life, and, in a subtle way, it takes you inside the old time lores. The metal leaf, the ink and the oil colours, mixed up with bronze, complete the sense of time, past and present together, as if each work opens a secret gate to another life…

When painting on the back of the glass, the first element painted is the first seen on the other side. In the beginning, I normally make a drawing on paper. I need the drawing to support my imagination, but when drawing, I “see” the whole picture I am going to paint, from the beginning to the end. Of course things may change during the process (they often do), but the general feeling, the emotion that inspired me, remains.

My glass works have been exhibited in galleries and art fairs, both in Romania (Bucharest, Iasi, Cluj-Napoca, Brasov, Bistrita) and abroad (UK, US, India, Qatar, Itally, Portugal, Germany,, etc). Some of my glass works are part of private collections all over the world.

Recently I’ve discovered another fascinating technique: cyanotype.

I found cyanotype unexpectedly. In fact I can say that cyanotype found me, and it was love at first sight.

This magical technique of working with plants, the sun, wind, water, and all that elements that are ephemeral and eternal in the same time, fascinated me and made me introduce cyanotype in my current artistic practice.

Invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, cyanotype is a specific process that requires a natural material, commonly fabric or paper, to be coated in photosensitive solution – usually a combination of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. This results in blue mono-tonal reproductions of the photographic negative, commonly called a blueprint.

The cyanotype originated as a popular form of photographic reproduction due to its inexpensiveness and accuracy, making it useful for architectural and scientific purposes

Anna Atkins was the first to experiment with cyanotype for other purposes. She created a series of cyanotype limited-edition books that documented ferns and other plant life from her extensive seaweed collection, placing specimens directly onto coated paper and allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect. Having used this photogram process, Anna Atkins is sometimes considered the first female photographer.

I do hope you will enjoy my art!