This painting explores the use of folding an image in half to produce a printing of the paint. Following the methods of a Japanese painter, who would drink and then paint using his long hair, he would then fold the paper to form a chance landscape, before adding controlled elements to complete the image. Here, in this image I have used a similar process of folding the paper to form an image, adding elements to it before re-folding again to create the 'chance' image - in this case something appears in the form a big cat (Tiger). By coincidence my 'spiritual' animal is allegedly the Tiger; in some ways I like to think 'it' was directing the form of the blobs and lines to create an image of itself through my sub-conscious mind.
Here the form becomes a portrait of the 'spiritual' or energy field, its essence expressed through action and motion from my hand and mind, calling back to historical moments in art - Modernity and the Abstract Expressionist view of the world (before leading towards the post-modernist cynical and ironical view of art). In hindsight I see how the form and methods express a call-back to the Modernist era of the aesthetic sensibility - remarking the joy of playing with paint and allowing it to become something more than what the author intended - a hyper-modernist rendering exploring ideas on 'The Death of the Author' (Roland Barthes) - the artist's marks becoming unseen/ non-existent/ a scripter ... except through the perceived act of placing and fold-printing.
"Life is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know..." Alan Watts
Roland Barthes: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_the_Author
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