Ink Experiments and Textiles

January 30, 2015

Working on the same theme, I used a postcard from the Wellcome collection to inspire some ink drawings on wet paper. The postcard showed a section of a plastinated slice of a human body that can be seen as part of the permanent collection in London. I considered all of the naturally occurring patterns and shapes in this image, this also helped me to develop some new layers in my paintings. When looking at medical specimens and diagrams in both the human body and other parts of nature, I find that certain aspects appear to be intrinsically linked. This imagery has helped me to symbolise aspects the mind, neurones, and mental health in my work, and the differing experiences of consciousness in us. I like the idea of using some of these drawings for screen printing later on.

C0051409 Plastinated body slice with frontal cut

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This textile piece was originally two of my acrylic mixed media collage paintings, I had added layer after layer but it just didn’t seem to work. I decided to strip the canvas from the frames then use voil, net and other fabrics to add more depth to the work. I have used the same reoccurring circular shapes that relate to mandalas, cells and neurological processes. The collaged images are surreal and dreamlike, as the piece is a continuation of my work looking at psychosis and dream experiences. I have used collaged letters that do not read or spell anything out, this is to create a sense of confusion.

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