India Ink, Gold Ink, Water, Detergent on Yupo Paper | Varying sizes, 2015-2016
It is a human desire to make sense of the world around us; we naturally seek order in our lives - whether it be organizing our living spaces, or trying to make sense of the stars. My work draws inspiration from divination procedures, astrology, and early scientific processes, and involves the application of ink, water, and detergent to resistant paper. This process allows me to relinquish artistic control, as I allow the ink and water to settle by themselves. After this natural process occurs I begin my own process of making meaning. Interpreting the work and imposing a mapping system onto it. I create schematic structures and make connections, which represent my own need to make order from chaos. I limit the ink colours to black and gold, in order to keep the focus on the relationship of the different mediums within the work.
This collection was created as part of my fourth year thesis project with the University of Waterloo Fine Arts Program. It premiered at the fourth year show "Zenith", at UWAG.