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ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO. BOI, ID.

JWJ STUDIO

ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO.

ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO.

Green Side
(2021) Acrylic, conte crayon, and ink on stretched canvas. 36 x 48 x .7 inches. Photo: Justin W John
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Acrylic, Ink, Conte Crayon
Stretched Canvas
None
24 x 24 x 1.5 inches

Using a base coat of greige, the end result might look like the skin of an elephant or a turbulent dark muddy sea. But for me, it represents the physical brain, grey matter, and the weathering of time. Each piece starts out reminiscent of a Rorschach inkblot test—a dark mass on a white field. A silhouette emerges and color then surrounds and covers the white to bring life and emotion. Emoji-like hieroglyphics, doodles, and other brush strokes begin to spring up like Tweety birds circling the subject’s head. Themes of inverted spectrums, puzzle pieces, grids, and frenetic images build a landscape from the detritus and memories.

This work is from my new series on mental health, depression, and other inner workings of the human brain in relation to prescription drugs, addictions, therapy, undoing, and the process to feel “complete”.

Relying heavily on texture formed through a distinct drying process that allows the acrylic to dry at different time intervals—restricting air exposure while gravity pulls the paint slowly under a sheet of plastic. The paint is shaken then poured down between the canvas and plastic, pockets of air form then bubble up leaving various sized holes, ripples, creases, and variations of sheen.

Original available
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