“Crusading”

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Acrylic and ink on 300 gsm. paper, 50cm. x  70cm.

The application of layers of coloured scumbling, crazed by random marks, scribbled with twigs dipped in black India ink, is followed by intuitive editing.  Selecting shapes that appear from the paintings surface; highlighting and isolating.

It is a process akin to -pareidolia – where ones imagination is used to conjure images in the natural world, faces are often seen in clouds, or on bathroom floor tiles; figures on wall surfaces.  Look away briefly and back again; the image may be hard to detect or gone completely, only to be replaced by some other face or form.

It is the same with this image, my imagination impulsively selected what I thought to be a Knight Crusader.  Once accepted I continued, pushing logic from my mind.  Is the forming of such an image part of a subconscious memory?  maybe even of some television episode from a distant program? Who knows!  Other viewers minds would have conjured something completely different. It does not matter.

 

Author: David Carroll - Visual Artist

Born in 1947 in North Wales, David migrated to Australia in 1970 with his wife and children. He graduated from Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW. with a Bachelors Degree of Visual Art (Honours). Davids artwork is inspired by memory; but rather than depict specific events, he reflects emotional situations, infused by present moments of recollection. In recent times, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, his work has taken a new and positive direction. His 'Elemental Representions" use colour, form and symbolic motifs, to create a personal visual story line.

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