Artist StatementAll of the cyanotype prints in this series of work were produced on St Croix during my residency at The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts in Frederiksted. Cyanotype is an alternative photo process wherein sunlight/UV light is used to create shadow images on a light sensitive base. I chose to experiment with cyanotype during my residency at CMCA because of the quality of light found here on island and the color of the water; making prints with this particular blue on a white or neutral base seemed a perfect fit. In an hommage to Anna Atkins, a botanist who became the first person to make a book of cyanotypes, this body of work consists of a series of photograms, photographic images produced by placing objects on a light sensitive base, depicting various flora found on St Croix.
Melissa Salzman was born in Baltimore, MD in 1977. She graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC in 1999 with a BFA in Studio Art; her concentration was in printmaking and sculpture. Since her graduation from college, she has participated in a number of exhibitions and performances along the US East Coast and now in St Croix in the USVI. In March of 2016, she and her husband, artist David Showalter, were honored to be the Artists in Residence at The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts in Frederiksted, VI. Her focus during the residency was to learn more about the cyanotype process and to create a new body of work utilizing that technique of alternative photography.