This piece was a part of an exploration process to try and evoke a sense of balance and interest from the viewer by using the smallest amount of mark-making. I decided to use India ink due to its intensely rich black which lends itself to the creation of fluid, organic, and spontaneous lines. I wanted to use this feature to highlight the elegant yet striking simplicity of minimalist painting. I used the Western writing system of reading as a basis of creating aesthetic balance in my composition. By attempting to play on this rule of perception, I have created a balanced diptych that leads the viewer’s eye from left to right and also plays to the human subconscious desire to fill in the gaps – a connect-the-dots if you will. I used the composition of the piece on the left, which is grounded within its frame, to stabilize and connect with the piece on the right, which runs off the page.
For inspiration, I once again drew from Robert Motherwell’s simple shapes, bold colour contrasts, and dynamic balance between restrained and boldly gestural brushstrokes. Specifically, I was most intrigued by his following paintings: