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Drawing: Manipulated, Kinetic, New Media on Paper.
"Apotropaic" - Having the power to avert evil influences or bad luck
Smoke Head Series
Fumage on tonal paper
Not too many people are working successfully in the medium, but as to how well its known, its been around since 1936. It falls under surreal category tho I don't feel my work can fall under that. It is a hard medium to master, and it does allow for the most amazing tonal values, you are right. It can quickly get overworked, ruined by the slightest incorrect touch or burnt to point of destruction, and when working on such large scale is quite a handful to control the actual element of fire. Its burning process also continues even after it is fixed and completed as the paper seems to dry out in next few days coming to rest only later. An image is created in mind as its hard to control the image and a vision must take place in your mind and adapted as you go along. Light and dark and how it falls and hits objects is imperative with this work. I am the most free with this medium and ability to work than I have ever been.
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