Madahar’s Cosmoses is a series of large-scale unique photograms made of origami cosmos. Each flower was made by the artist- a systematic process that required extreme concentration and a delicate relationship between the eye, hand and mind. The flowers are made in varying paper thicknesses and colors and scattered across the photographic paper in complete darkness, before exposing the paper to light. What appears to be casual and random is actually a rigorous and detailed process.
The project was inspired by her work with an astronomer during the course of planning her Falling series in which she combined an image of a star filled night sky with a multitude of falling Sycamore leaves. The overwhelming magnitude of time and distance produced a sublime experience for Madahar which she seeks to recreate in these works. The actual photographic paper used is color, but the works range from monochromatic to brightly colored, depending on the flowers used. They are cameraless and each work is unique. Madahar, Cosmoses White VI (Positive), 2007, Ilfochrome photogram, 29 3/4×40 ” Russell, Birds and Bees on Thistle, Variation I, 2008, glazed white earthenware, 21 1/2×13”