These pieces are made using black India ink onto high grade, thick watercolour paper.
I lay up to twenty sheets down on the floor, and using a pot of ink and a piece of string, I make marks. Depending on how I lay the piece of string, how quickly I pull it, and in which direction, the string makes black shapes on the white paper. The shapes have instant form and movement, and the eye dives straight in - the brain begins to try to make sense of the random pattern. It insists on making some sense of it.
Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus from an image or a sound, wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. It can cause people to interpret random images, or patterns of light and shadow, as faces or human forms. Cognitive processes are activated by the human-like object, which alert the observer to both the emotional state and identity of the subject – even before the conscious mind begins to process – or even receive – the information.
This series is called Pareidolia, and each piece is completely unique, and could never be recreated.