Thinking on where I left off yesterday – how do I externalise the inner language of me?
I was considering energy and movement (mainly because I had none in the heat but also since I’m listening to the audiobook by Shuan McNiff ‘Art Can Heal Your Life’). I love dance music. I love progressive trance. So, dragged out the headphones to spare my neighbours and plugged in. Eyes shut. I felt that some drawing may be called for at this stage of the game.
I used some A1 paper to free myself, so I could move bodily. Painted on the floor. Use a 2″ brush and some black brusho in various states – powder shaken on to first sample which felt predictable and safe so moved on to dissolve the powder into a solution:
The right hand painting makes me laugh. It’s like a crass teenage doodle of breasts. This was not a self-portrait! Perhaps it was some kind of alter ego emerging from within.
I then worked a number of basic forms like this and selected those that interested me the most to develop. I really like the untidy splodge edging of this brush and paint on cartridge paper and wanted to define the music I was listening to with how it made me feel energetically – I used black biro, red fineliner and a black ballpoint to add suprasemic text – what I felt I the music was speaking to me inside. Then I took a finer brish and used black ik to add final dance moves from the shoulder holding the brush at the very tip. The large A1 images then shouted idioms at me: ‘hit a raw nerve’ (second left top row) and ‘holding it all together’ (top left hand corner). The gallery below shows long shots and close ups wet and dry.
After this I decided to change the scale and turn up the music trying to paint what I could hear and feel.
I bought some Khadi paper having seen others beautiful works with this material. I was disappointed and excited. The lines didn’t flood out and waves at the end of the brush stroke – they were very abrupt – straight edges and endings. I tried to flood the wet strokes with more ink but they refused to bleed or fracture. Not so happy with that. However, I was happy with the saturation of this paper – I could paint layer and it could cope and had varying degrees of translucency and moved the paint around when I splattered and dripped it.
Interestingly, I didn’t create all these pieces in portrait format, and spent quite some time rotating these pieces until I was happy with the final effect.
The questions are now: to stitch or not to stitch and where does this move my enquiry?