Nicole June Wurstner
Wet Plate Collodion – Tintype Printed as Archival Inkjet Print
22 x 30 inches
BIO: Nicole June Wurstner is a visual artist based in Buffalo, NY. She received her B.F.A in photography from SUNY at Buffalo in 2011. Her photographic work primarily focuses on experimental and alternative photographic processes including wet plate collodion. She has participated in multiple group shows around Western New York such as UB Center for the Arts, Sugar City, CEPA Gallery, and Big Orbit Gallery. After receiving an Exhibition Award at CEPA’s 2012 Members Show, she had her first solo exhibition, Fragments, in November of that year. She was accepted into a group exhibition, The Darkroom 2.0, as part of Toronto’s Contact Photography Festival in 2013. Most recently she was nominated into the 30 x 30 pt. 2 Artcite Anniversary Show in Windsor, ON. www.nicolejunewurstner.com
STATEMENT: By assuming various identities and self-expressions I examine the coexisting traits of vulnerability and strength. In the series Fragments, I build on this interest in identity, while exploring the vulnerability of memory. It reflects upon romantic loss in which the memory of a lover degrades and alters with time. I use a wet plate collodion process first introduced in the 1850’s in which glass or metal plates are coated with collodion (a mixture of USP Collodion, Alcohol, Ether, Cadmium Bromide, Ammonium Bromide, and Ammonium Iodide) and made light sensitive with a bath of silver nitrate. The resulting images are scanned and blown up as large format digital prints that reveal nuances of the images that are not easily visible in the original plates.