This contemporary photographic art series, titled Inkblots, is inspired by Rorschach’s inkblot tests and Franz Kline’s abstract expressionist painting technique. So let us take a closer look at these two revolutionaries in their respective fields.
About Rorschach’s Inkblots –
Hermann Rorschach was a Swiss psychiatrist in the early 1900s. He managed to create not only an enormously influential psychological test but also a visual and cultural touchstone. Initially, inkblots were used to measure the imagination, but Rorschach showed people inkblots to discover what they saw and how.
To read about Rorschach’s inkblot tests click here ☞ https://tinyurl.com/3nxeb74f
About Franz Kline –
If ever there was a painter who could have devoted an entire lifetime to mining the depths of the subconscious, it was Franz Kline. His personal struggles made him the ideal representative of the ideas about the subconscious and mystical revelation emerging within the abstract expressionist community in the 1940s. After meeting de Kooning and Pollock, he narrowed his artistic focus, exploring the nature of abstract brush strokes in large-scale action paintings that consisted of a simplified, black and white palette.
For further reading on Franz Kline and his action painting click here ☞ https://tinyurl.com/2p92bmwd
In Conclusion –
Based on these individual approaches attempting to understand the intricate workings of the human psyche, we can conclude that pictures are a tool for revealing the subconscious. They also encourage self-reflection and start a conversation about the internal world. The point is not to think of our response to them as simply right or wrong answers. Rather our reaction to them is what matters. 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.
I decided to make the prints one-off because they are unique, and I want the observer to embrace their viewpoint as exceptional.
The inception of the Inkblot series commenced in October 2021 and is still ongoing.
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.