Partner Art Experiment

More than ten years ago I began a series of visual experiments.

I did not set out to make art, at least in the sense of working with some materials on a surface and having it be pretty or even visually interesting. I was meditating regularly, at least an hour a day, and I was also involved in some personal work with a group of people at Landmark Education. As a group we tried to map the conversations that go on in our heads-observations that included keeping a journal and the discipline of making collages spontaneously, 3-4 a week.

I began randomly ripping out images, things I found interesting from magazines that I had laying around and stuck them in some folders. Then looking to see what kind of emotions might emerge, I’d take a blank sheet and begin to assemble a few images, fastening them down with stick glue, or spray, or acrylic varnish. Initially I gave myself the freedom to rip, tear, cut, but tried to set a time limit of 10-15 minutes. Then I began to paint over my spontaneous work with acrylics. Eventually I allowed myself to work over what I had in hand until I felt I had squeezed out as much juice as I could.

This page is a record of some of that work.

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