7.000 x 5.000 x 0.100 inches
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Painting - Oil On Masonite
Small format oil painting on masonite, 5x7 inches. Includes 1inch deep wood frame.
I was trying to capture the ideas and feelings of transcendance and of the transcendental. Imagine the imagery of the mind trying to escape itself, and the little tracks left in the aether. The natural fractal clustering of the paint pigment forms a tree of life pattern, grounding the image and allowing the patterns to soar.
In these miniature and small fromat paintings, the chemistry of the paint components can be brought to the forefront of the image. In this case the painted surface was coated with an absorbent primer (Clayboard by Ampersand � I bought it that way). By working carefully with solvents on an absorbent ground, the clustering and branching patterns of the paint pigments can be captured. They form a natural fractal pattern � one of those branching shrinking self-similar physics-driven textures that fractal algorithms are often used to represent. This natural physics and chemistry pigment fractal forms the subject of the painting, with painted details that echo the pattern as a counterpoint.
July 9th, 2011
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