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12 September 2014

Across the Line




Yep, we were thinking......


Carne's paintings are quite frankly so much more than just paintings.

There is so much in each piece than first meets the eye, and unless you see them 'in the flesh', there is so much to miss......right?

So, what about a we talk about a piece every day or every other day? Today, Carne is going to give us some really interesting inside info on 'Across the Line'....



'The point of the Origins series of work was to find diverse cultural references to compare and find a common thread that unified us as a race.  For 'Across the Line' - I wanted to depict a culture that was closely tied to nature.  I stumbled across several images which showed a girl decorated with flora, but not in a fanciful way, in a way that embraced raw nature - and this is what I wanted to portray with the piece... 'Across the Line' references a closeness to the natural world, the line being the chaotic lifestyles that separate us from basics and our essentials - the things that bring us peace and tranquillity.


So the piece meditates on this idea - it conjures up magical elements, spells, aligns ideas with the universe and depicts starfields - the dotted lines represent travel - the movement of an idea and the physical movement of this particular culture - I wanted the directness of the image to communicate with the viewer, as in most of my work the direct connection is through the eyes - beyond this things break down and we are in a surreal place, where physical depictions become less important and the combination of ideas elements and nature take over.


Technically the piece began as 2 pourings of ink onto a sheet of wet paper, the random patterns created by these splashes of ink would dictate the composition.  I then combined photographic references for the portraiture with automatic drawings and studies from life, keeping the whole process as free and as lucid as possible.  The image is layered with liquids such as tea and whiskey, often destroying and rebuilding areas drawn in ink.  There is no underlying pencil drawing in this piece - I wanted the image to unfold as naturally as possible and any 'errors' to be permanently recorded'.