digital print and invisible ink on paper 297mm x 420mm x 3
I’ve long had an interest in alchemy – the bastard brother of chemistry. Something about the dogged pursuit of an unattainable goal via arcane ritual and experimentation reminds me of the process of making art. My alchemy here, is quite simple -I’ve been playing with invisible ink. This particular type of ink has been in use for hundreds of years as a method of passing secret information.
The ink is clear as water and invisible when dry. The markings only revealed when the paper is held to a flame.
Obviously working with invisible ink poses a problem, one is never quite able to see quite what one has painted, none-the-less I’m quite pleased with the way this first aesthetic alchemical experiment has turned out. I particularly like the juxtaposition of the crisp digital print with the splattery charred ink.
As you can see, the first skeleton caught alight and has a hole in the side. I’m sure I’ve been warned before about playing with fire…