Summer 2017 @ Studio16.
I always collected sheets of old marble paper from diverse parts of the world. Marble paper has this etheral quality of timeless organic abstraction.
I started experimenting with carragheen moss and water and acrylic colours and treasured recipes. Marbling is a very alchemic process depending on the thickness and timing of the water and the dilution of the paints, the colours can either expand or unpredictably contract into patterns which can be combed or fanned yet never fully controlled. I also started incorporating colour pigments, these tend to disrupt the acrylic flow and break the colours into dense clusters.
I made a total of seventy water paintings. This series is called ‘Private Cells, Common Skulls’.
They are on Japanese rice paper bathed in an aluminium solution.