Synopsis – Inkblots

Hermann Rorschach was a young Swiss psychiatrist who, working alone, tinkering with a children’s game, managed to create not only an enormously influential psychological test but also a visual and cultural touchstone.

Rorschach knew that he wanted to be a doctor from an early age, but at 19 he wrote to his sister: “I never again want to read just books, I want to read people … The most interesting thing in nature is the human soul, and the greatest thing a person can do is to heal these souls, sick souls.”

Inkblots had been used before to measure the imagination, particularly in children, but in his early experiments, Rorschach showed people inkblots to discover what they saw and how. As a lifelong amateur artist, he knew that while a picture itself constrains how you see it, it does not take away all your freedom.

Pictures are a tool for revealing the subconscious, encouraging self-reflection and starting a conversation about the internal world. There are no right or wrong answers; your reaction to it is what matters – coexisting in a kind of alternate universe.

The stimulus material of the Rorschach test consists of 10 standard tables with black and white and colour symmetric amorphous (semi-structured) images.

Being asked “What do you see?” or “What might this be?”, gets at how we process the world on the most basic level – and calls upon our whole personality and range of experience.

Seeing is an act of the mind, not just the eyes. When you look at something, you are directing your attention to parts of the visual field and ignoring others.

Vision is the sense that both operate at a distance, unlike touch and taste, and can be focused and directed, unlike hearing and smell. We can pay attention to certain noises or odors or try to ignore them, but we cannot blink our ears or aim our nose: the eye is far more active, under far more control. Seeing is our best perceptual tool – our foremost way to engage with the world.

The inception of the Inkblot series commenced in October 2021 and is still ongoing.

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Be Afraid Not To Move

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Statement: When we have some setbacks, it is important that we keep moving forward although challenging. The choice is the difference between growth and stagnation. Description: This figurative art piece was inspired by Franz Kline’s abstract expressionist style as well as Rorschach’s inkblots.  I named this contemporary artwork 'Be Afraid Not To Move' because it speaks to me of energy, and there is a lot of it in this piece. My question to us all is, what would our current movement project be if it could be measured? Would there be a dot, a dash, a leap, summersault, backward flip?  

Break Through the Veil of Tears

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Statement: The time has come for you to find freedom in joy. Meditate on this; Joy is your strength, the reason for sorrow is being taken away, and things are turning around. Description: This digital artwork was inspired by Franz Kline’s abstract expressionist style as well as Rorschach’s inkblots. While hiking in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, the catalyst for this modern art piece was born. I named this One-Off contemporary artwork "Break Through the Vale of Tears” because it speaks to me of reaching a place in life where our baggage has become too much to bear. At this point, we must be courageous and take a leap of faith, do whatever it takes, to reject this place of unhealthy familiarity and soar. And by choosing to move forward, the things that have weighed us down will begin to fall away.  

Conversations About Our Inner World

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Statement: Sometimes it is necessary to be taken out of our comfort zone, and this may include storms and breakages, but the process is an important one because the growth, restoration, and victory obtained far outweigh the discomfort.   Description: I named this One-Off digital print ‘Conversations About Our Inner World’ because it is reminiscent of looking up at the sky and taking a journey with the clouds. Indeed, we cannot remain in that moment indefinitely. Life is waiting, and we need to move on and grow in our destiny but, this does not mean that we should not occasionally take time to look up at the sky and remind ourselves of how far we have come.

Hark Now Hear the Angels Sing

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Statement: I am of the opinion that angels play a significant part in our daily lives because not only do they shield us, but they also ensure that we reach the fullness of our destiny and purpose. When you feel overwhelmed by life, keep in mind that help is never far away. Description: I was on a Woodstock Graffiti tour in Cape Town, with a group of fellow photographers, when I noticed the shadows of leaves dancing on the pavement. That was when the inspiration for this modern art piece was born. I named this One-Off artwork “Hark Now Hear the Angels Sing” because while editing, I noticed that angels were a recurring theme in every detail of this unique picture. And I do believe in angels.  

Hold Your Horses

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Statement: Conscious breathing is an essential act of living because it forces us to slow down and take a deep breath. This holds several benefits for us, such as decreasing stress, increasing calm, relieving pain, stimulating the lymphatic system (Detoxifies the body), improving immunity, increasing energy, lowering blood pressure, improving digestion, and helps support correct posture. Description: I named this one-off digital artwork 'Hold Your Horses' because the idiom refers to slowing down and, the inkblot appears how I would imagine an overactive mind in the process of restoring calmness would look. Notice the cloudy and flakey parts dissolving away.

I Am What I See And You Are What You See

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Statement: Not one person sees the world in exactly the same way. There are always differences of interpretation but does that necessarily make one person right and another wrong? Description: I named this one-off print ‘I Am What I See, and You Are What You See' because I asked many people what they saw in this image, and each one had a different reaction to the piece, so I decided that this would be the most appropriate title. My interpretation of this artwork is the effects of the Covid imposed isolation, and the inkblot figure seems to be running frantically away and toward it knows not what. Indicative of what we as a collective have experienced during this unprecedented atmosphere of uncertainty.

I Don’t Want to, Just Survive I Want to, Truly Live

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Statement: When we become aware that we do not have forever on earth, we ignite an inner motivation to use our time more mindfully, more intentionally. Making daily decisions about whether we choose to engage with life and truly live or allow fear to keep us in survival mode will impact how we live. Description: I named this one-off print ‘I Don’t Want to, Just Survive I Want to, Truly Live’ because it represents a pair of lungs and, as we know, lungs perform a vital task in providing oxygen to the body to live. The condition of the natural extinction to which all mortality is subject requires us to accept that this function will cease to exist for all of us someday. Carpe diem!

In The Presence Of Love

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Statement: No one can escape the pangs of a broken heart. Instead, we construct a memorial to mark the loss. However, if we remain in love in our thoughts, hearts, and actions, despite the pain, all the abandoned parts of ourselves will come together. Description: During another load shedding outage in Cape Town, and with nothing else to do but sit in the dark on a Thursday night, I decided to go to the beach, camera in hand, to watch the Poi fire dancers Paint with fire. The electricity finally back on again, I headed home. I knew that what I had captured that night on the beach would form part of my Inkblot Series. I named this large-scale print ‘In the Presence of Love’ because, like a voyeur, I observed a couple in the poi dancers group from behind my camera lens, recollecting my past romantic relationships.

New Love

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Statement: When you fall in love with yourself, you gain a deep appreciation of your worth and capabilities. Here is a great quote from Oscar Wilde on the subject of self-love; "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." Description: The abstract art piece was born on a weekend away to a little place called Baardskeerdersbos, direct translation meaning beard shearer's bush. Bordering the campsite was a plethora of fynbos, and while the sun was setting on the day, a sun’s ray touched one of the flowers, and I just had to capture that moment.

I named this one-off print ‘New Love’ because it is indicative of two parts of a whole person being held together by love while they discover their value, worth, and unique beauty. The transformation is complete when a magnificent butterfly emerges triumphantly from the ashes.

Paradox

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Statement: How we interpret and respond to the world around us makes up who we are and contributes to our quality of life.  The proverbial phrase glass half full or half empty is a litmus test we can use to check in with our thoughts and emotions. Description: During another load shedding outage in Cape Town, and with nothing else to do but sit in the dark on a Thursday night, I decided to go to the beach, camera in hand, to watch the Poi dancers paint with fire. Heading back home after an entertaining night, I knew that what I had captured would form part of my Inkblot Series. I named this original art print 'Paradox' because the abstract form in the artwork could represent either joy or terror. 

Return To Love

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Statement: Healing is part of our daily life and we can consciously participate in the process by expressing gratitude and mindfully focusing our awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting our feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.  A quote by Marianne Williamson sums it up quite aptly, "We are in each other’s lives to help us see where we most need healing and in order to help us heal.” Description: During another load shedding outage in Cape Town, and with nothing else to do but sit in the dark on a Thursday night, I decided to go to the beach, camera in hand, to watch Poi fire dancers Paint with fire. The electricity finally back on again, I headed home. I knew that what I had captured that night on the beach would be a modern art piece, perfectly suited for any ultra-modern interior. I named this One-Off contemporary art piece 'Return to Love' because it is reminiscent of an expressionist outline of two people leaning tenderly toward and honoring each other.     

The Dash

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Statement:

The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend.  He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end. He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears but said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash.  What matters is how we lived and loved and how we spend our dash. So, think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change?  For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged. To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile…remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash? Linda Ellis Description: I was on a Woodstock Graffiti tour in Cape Town with a group of fellow photographers. Having not been to the Woodstock Exchange before, I took a little gander when a storefront window caught my eye. It was closed, so I took the opportunity to shoot to my heart's content. One can get quite self-conscious when photographing something. Have you ever watched a photographer bounce around a subject trying to get the perfect angle? The inspiration for this modern art piece was born right there. I named this One-Off art piece 'The Dash' because the minimalistic line reminds me of a poem by Linda Ellis.