Feb 12, 2009|
What mediums/techniques did you use?
I used a combination of ink and pencil on paper. To create these drawings I started by soaking the paper in water before I applied ink to the page. As the ink settled and took shape, I searched for forms. I spent a considerable amount of time looking at the piece until it was clear what I saw; sometimes a leg, a set of teeth, a claw, or maybe a beak. I exaggerated these features until something seems to be struggling to escape from within the folds of the black ink.
What’s the story?
In this piece, the forms reminded me of a rabbit. The top left takes the shape of an ear resting on a body, while the bottom left resembles a tail and a hind leg. I elaborated on this interpretation by drawing an eye, traces of fur, and shadows to give the body dimension. When I look at this piece now, I see a rabbit, but each viewer seems to find something different.
What were you inspired by while making this piece?
The work was inspired by the concept of the inkblot. An inkblot image demands scrutiny. It challenges the viewer to look closely and rewards them by revealing something greater than the initial image. I want my work to operate in a similar way, piquing the viewer’s interest and encouraging them to spend time with each image. What they see may be grotesque, beautiful, alarming, or absurd. Much like the inkblot, the experience is personal and fluctuates with each viewing.
How do you think your audience will view this piece?
I don’t know and that’s the great part. Everyone sees something different. My objective is simply to challenge you to look.