1/10 complete by one unit of measurement
by Steven McCabe
I purchased a 33′ roll of Italian paper substantial enough to receive water-based materials: ink, gouache, watercolour, aquapasta medium and water-soluble graphite. The idea is to work in sections and following each section to pause, reflect on the work, and cross-reference it to what I believe to be relevant source material.
Fascinating, it looks like a stone idol springing into sentience. It brings to mind an old theologian I once read years ago who imagined God as a “linear circuit” where all things irrational become real, like living rock. Your work is like cosmic philosophy exploding into tumultuous form.
Tiege thank you for these fascinating ideas and images. It expands my idea about the work and expands the work also (maybe supercharges it). I’m going to dwell on this!!!
I respond to your monochromatic colour palette very happily. There seems to be an ease to this work that I never noticed before. It may well be more has transformed than your choice of colour? DNA dreaming ? Listening to the ancestral voice?
Hi Nancy, thank you for your comment and this interesting observation. Yes to DNA dreaming and listening to the ancestral voice ‘in the work.’ Interesting about the ease you notice. It does flow although you can imagine the effort to work on the floor.
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Distinctly Picassian. You must love Picasso
Hi Joe, In many ways I do. In another way Picasso is like a steep looming reality appearing always unexpectedly. I think at the time (of painting this 1/10th section) I was reading a book about Picasso’s painting ‘Les Demoiselles de Avignon’ and the historical context both personal for PP and art history. You have reminded me also I have since reworked this first section! That face is still there. Thanks for this comment Joe.