The piece is still undergoing changes. Changes that appear to be significant at the time, but when reviewing the shots taken that document the work’s progress they appear to be quite minimal. The basic structure and composition was set up from day one, most of the work has been in building up the surface detail and maintaining a balance across the picture frame. In some cases this has also meant obliterating details that had become too dominant.
I have also focussed on achieving a wider range of textures and stain effects to give the piece more variety and get the right balance between what appears to been intentional and accidental marks.
My current research into Hermann Rorschach, his famous inkblots and their cultural influence is proving most interesting. I am intending to create a series of ten, 1 metre square images. This corresponds to the number of images that Rorschach had reproduced for his well known test. Although Rorschach experimented with inkblots his final images were actually paintings.These he carefully constructed to resemble and suggest quite specific images. He was also aware of the need to create images that could be interpreted as a whole, while also allowing the viewer to focus in on small seemingly irrelevant details.