About as interesting as watching paint melt

This triptic is my first process painting; this is when the process of creating art is as important, if not more so, than the final work. For this piece I wanted to incorporate sound into my creative process and remove the responsibility of the artist. I created 4 large cubes of frozen poster paint. The lumps of paint had a spiral of wire and chain through the centre of them, the chain would allow the frozen paint blocks to be suspended from the ceiling at varying heights.

The frozen paint was quickly hung over an 8x4ft canvas. Over the course of 13 hours I allowed the paint to slowly melt, at first the occasional drip, then after hours it became a steady stream. The sound in the room was beautiful; each frozen block was suspended at a different height so each drip had a slightly different pitch when landing.

Once the paint had melted, next came the drying process. I wanted to maintain all of the delicate splash marks and the density of some of the pools of colour. This entailed a very long drying process; in some areas of the canvas mould began to form as the paint was so dense and took so long to dry.

After 3 months, I returned to the large canvas, in order to give the colours in the canvas a new life. I separated it into 3 individual paintings: green and red, red and yellow, and yellow and blue. Then over the course of a month the individual pieces were heavily varnished. I tend to use varnish at the end of most of my works to signify the end; once the varnish is done no more changes can be made. As an artist it’s always tempting to add a bit more or change things slightly, the varnish puts an end to the work.

This piece uses very simple bold colours and is easy to take in visually, the use of sound in the process meant that other senses were involved and able to enjoy the work. I encouraged people to come and listen to the work being made.