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
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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...