Desert Holly with Red Ochre

This painted print is part of the ongoing series Fragments from an Unknowable Landscape, which is a collaboration between photographer Justin James King and painter Leah Koransky.

It uses handmade red ochre paint over an image of desert holly.

The ochre was collected by the artists from an area believed to have formed during the Jurassic period, no less than 140 million years ago. Ochre, in general, is one of the oldest known sources of color used by our human ancestors; it has been found in archaeological sites dating back more than 300,000 years1. More information about ochre and pigment can be found here.

The desert holly is from a mineral-rich dry lake that was formed during the Pleistocene era. The lake contains half of the natural elements known to man.

8 x 10 in
Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle Museum Etching 350gsm 100% cotton paper
3 unique hand-painted prints