Sandra Holata is a photographer who currently lives in Akron, Ohio. She is one of the collaborators involved with Artists Resisting Mindlessness (A.R.M.)
"I have been exhibiting my work in galleries for 17 years and is actively pursuing my career. A few years ago I started to develop smaller, more accessible works to sell locally. This has been an exciting journey: meeting great people, experimenting with different materials and it has had a very positive effect on my fine art work. That work can be seen on my web site http://www.holatamiller.com with a complete resume.
"I started using the liquid photo emulsion and making paper around the same time in 1997. I enjoy both processes very much. They are challenging and always inspiring- every piece evolves into another new idea. It also enables me to utilize the most abundant resource available- trash.
"My photographs are hand printed, one at a time and processed in my black and white darkroom using film negatives and an enlarger. I use food and product boxes from my kitchen, part-time jobs, family, etc. with a liquid photo emulsion painted on the surface. The print is then processed with the traditional chemical method and washed.
"For my handmade papers I collect paper trash: junk mail, magazines, packing materials, cards, envelopes, anything that I can recycle. I grind this into a pulp and form it into sheets. Then I transfer the wet sheets onto leaves and as the paper dries it absorbs stains and impressions from them. I am always excited to see the drawing that nature made for me when I lift it off the blotter."