Sunday, January 09, 2011
In The Raw
The following are a series of images I made in 2005. Using watercolour, lead pencil, a little white acrylic and quotes from my lover's poetry, I completed them all in a day as one continuous work on 30 folding panels of an accordian-like span of paper within a small (9cm x 14cm), Japanese-style notebook produced by Moleskine. It was one of my first experiments with watercolours but more, it was an attempt to tear away the seamless, glossy surface of the enamels on which I'd focussed for the previous ten years and express everything raw and out of control beneath my skin at the time. I didn't think. I didn't plan. I just let it bleed (sometimes literally) from brush to page. I gave the finished book to my lover. It was, after all, the best and most meaningful account I could give of us. It was the also most real I had ever been in my art.