‘Inner Theatre’ is an acrylic on board.
This painting is from the ‘Inscapes’ series where I have tried to explore the inner structures of our minds and how by a ‘stream of consciousness’ we link images of past, present and imagined futures into one unified image.
The technique I used for this is called ‘automatism’ advocated by Andre Breton. In art, automatism refers to creating art without conscious thought, accessing material from the unconscious mind as part of the creative process.
I started this painting by allowing the marks and shapes to form themselves randomly in a watery mix of paint. This method was repeated several times until images appeared autonomously. I then loosely worked into the images, allowing them the freedom to evolve independently of me. It was very much the case, that the painting itself dictated what it wanted to be. Which in the end turned out to be a cluster of imaginary worlds, entwining themselves into a whole mystical ‘inscape’.