Water Colour and Tape Experiment

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

Purely aesthetic, this investigation was about getting my ideas and impulses into the studio space as visual representations of my thought process, so I can continually reflect on what I'm producing. This marks the start of me using the studio as a sort-of 3D sketchbook; to test out ideas and establish a working environment, where I'm not bound to the restrictions of the 'conventional' sketchbook.

Using the wall as a canvas and gravity as the drawing implement I was able to create a small study with water colour and tape. The tape guides the colour down the wall, handing the composition over to chance.  Areas of particular aesthetic interest are parts where the colour has bled behind the tape and where the colour makes a connection with the masking tape.

Using 'chance' as a platform to create work alleviates creative decision making. The artist's relationship with their creative decisions and control over their work and the ambiguity of ownership is something I would like to continue investigating. Can an artist ever solely be responsible for a piece of work, or do other aspects of the creative process unavoidably take some of the creative credit? Even a painting that has been painted by the same hand is subject to weathering and uses externally sourced materials. Likewise, is it possible to make a purely random piece, completely uninfluenced by the artist? Perhaps it is possible to find such artwork in nature, but can we even call this art if theoretically there is no artist or creative decision in play? Is the idea of the artist one that can only be attached to humans, or can inanimate objects be 'artists'?

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