wood block 10.1
- carved wood block
The Wood Blocks series removes the boundary between the artwork and the viewers, encouraging them to experience the painting and interact with it both visually and physically, embracing its content in the truest sense of the word. The act of touching works of art and enshrined objects has been used in religion for ages – as a blessing, an act of spiritual value. In the same way, in this art series the act of physical touch can be viewed as the imparting of the art to the person, both spiritually and physically. The initial step is the creation of the art piece by the artist. A simple image is being repeated hundreds of times as an act of meditation, via a traditional medium invented ages ago in China: wood carving. By physically touching the artwork anyone who feels like it can get an imprint of the image on their own body, thus increasing the visual perception with tactile physical contact. Touching the artwork with one’s body, paper, or any other material will produce an imprint of the image from the artwork; for each of the viewers the shape and saturation of the print will be different. Thus, through interaction and perception of the painting, the end result of the art is changing all the time, producing unique personal experiences and unique prints. The use and reimagining of the traditional, archaic techniques is highly important to me. This way I can show these techniques from a new perspective, revealing their duality and proving their relevance for contemporary art. Combining the themes of spirituality, religion, and meditation with wood carving – a technique now used commercially for multiplication of artwork – provokes thoughts on the duality and the ambivalence of this combination, and encourages questions and conversation on the value and importance of art in the consumerist world.