Back in April, I wandered into Singapore artist Tang Da Wu’s exhibition called “Earth Work 1979” at National Gallery Singapore and discovered this series of ethereal artworks called “One Hundred Percent Old Earth”.
Their beautiful “stained” surfaces and simple colour combinations gave me an idea.
It was at the back of my head until last week, when I finally got to do something about it.
Start in the kitchen
Work started in the kitchen, with watercolour paper, pigment, ink and water.
I made several sheets and set them aside to dry when the bleeding action had stopped.
Then, to create a symmetrical pattern, I joined pieces of the paper bottom-to-bottom.
The symmetry in Tang Da Wu’s pieces gave them balance and wholeness, and I tried to achieve a similar effect.
Like in a Rorschach test, you can see things in these random patterns.
Visuals and ideas
I had earlier mixed in some green pigment. Although it was overwhelmed by the black ink subsequently, traces of green remained along the bottom edges of the paper.
After deciding on four-hole stab binding, I divided up my stock of papers for stitching.
More experiment: Perhaps another colour? Or some other bookbinding technique?
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