Friday, 20 June 2008
This is about the only surviving art work from 1981 of a series of abstract paintings based on observations of a creek bed. Originally a piece of paper with a square hole cut out was placed under water in a shallow creek, pinned down by a few rocks. The textures and squiggles in the window were drawn down rapidly and then transferred to larger works. A few of the crumbly rocks were used from the area by crushing and mixing them with the paint. Most of the works were drawn on a heavy brown paper - which was a great surface to work on. This smaller work was a derivative of the larger more stylised works. Part of the drawing was cut up into shapes which were then repositioned back onto the work as contra-pattern floating shapes. Unfortunately the larger works were destroyed because of an annoying fold mark - something I have regretted ever since - but the experience still lives on in various subsequent works and processes.
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