Lis J. Schwitters - Photographic Artist & Printmaker
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“Blue Notes” Violin
Cyanotype print, paper-mâché on wood

Ventura Music Festival - A Fusion of Art and Music
Auction April 2, 2005, won by Stephen J. Kipp
"Blue Notes" Violin, by Lis J. Schwitters
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The Festival Violins Brochure Cover - "Blue Notes" Violin "Blue Notes" Violin - Front "Blue Notes" Violin - Back
Taking a music theory course in college taught me how logic, self-discipline and reasoning skills come together in
creating this international language of music. I use these same disciplines in creating my art. Creating a
delft-blue-china quality to the instrument, I chose to cover my violin in Cyanotype prints of violin musical notation.
The Cyanotype is a photographic printmaking process, whereby I coat the paper with an ultraviolet
light sensitive chemical, expose the paper to sunlight, and then develop it in water. I then used the
paper-mâché technique to apply the prints to the violin. In the words of John Keats,
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
- Lis J. Schwitters, Artist Statement, 2005

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