The Subject Tonight Is Love

Earth pigments (venetian red, moroccan red, burnt sienna, jarosite, yellow ocher) in gum arabic on paper. 54x76cm.

Date29 August 2018

The first line of my favourite Hafiz poem imposed itself as a title for this piece, where the word Love حب, in Manuscript Kufic and five different earth pigments, forms a pattern of primal simplicity.

Behind the apparently basic repetition lies a rather complex, changing pattern to create a seemingly organic gradation of hues, rather than a clear-cut organization. The pigments themselves declined to behave predictably, blending or contrasting with their neighbours as they fancied; the natural colours taking my original plan into their own hands to return a piece of surprising radiance, considering it is basically painted with soil.

Creation process:

A penny for your thoughts...