making the ephemeral material and the material ephemeral. . .

Gwen Arkin is an artist living in the middle
of the Pacific on the beautiful island of Maui.
The warm salt-laden air and clear,
sunny skies belie the fact that Gwen
spends her time in a dank, red-lit room
mixing archaic chemical potions in the
hopes of achieving true photographic alchemy.

Constantly on the hunt for serendipity and mystery,
Gwen’s passions are those processes
perfected in the earliest days of photography
- the art of handcrafted prints that uniquely
belong to the tradition of light sensitive creative
processes. Known as “alternative processes”,
Gwen uses copperplate photogravure, silver gelatin,
chromo-sabbatier and lumen to search for unexpected
beauty, those in which the photographic image combine
with the alchemy of the medium to create haunting,
mysterious and detailed imagery in an entirely surprising
and unexpected way.

Her work can be found in private and public
collections internationally, including the
Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Her copperplate photogravure, “The Garden House”
is featured on the cover of the book, “Garden Time” –
the newest collection of poetry by W.S. Merwin,
published by Copper Canyon Press.
Her work can be viewed at Hui No‘eau Arts Center
and Viewpoints Gallery in
Makawao, Maui, Hawaii.

Gwen received her BFA from the
University of Illinois, Chicago and MFA
from the University of Colorado, Boulder,
and currently teaches photography and design
at the University of Hawaii, Maui College.

Exhibitions

Bamboo
September 2018
Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao, Maui, Hawaii

Malama Wao Akua
September 2018
Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Maui, Hawa

Resume available here