The Bathing of Pearl Twink.

I have just started the next phase of the long planned process of experimentation with machine intervention.  I have alternated individual washing cycles with the overprinting and refreshing of the image. When the ink was dry, I used the washing machine again and programmed different lengths and temperatures to maximise the effect of uncertainty and unpredictability.  Cold washes had minimal impact on the image.  The screen-printed text started, however, to become softer and softer. Therefore, it appeared to be more ambiguous and difficult to decipher. The surface of the painting itself, became damaged and populated with watery holes and creases. This change to the texture and integrity of the piece has started to create an impact on the dynamics of the painting.

My plan is to continue with this process in order to find out, how far it can be stretched. What I would like to establish is the limit of uncertainty.  How far can this process be taken to before the inevitable becomes the obvious, predictable and very certain.  I am fascinated by a dialogue and interdependence between both contradictory perspectives and the testing of the boundaries.

I have managed to record several interesting images depicting this new to me method of working.

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