Well here it is. This is the best collection of photographs I can show you of Ascension which we completed yesterday. Both Ben and I are happy with the results although I’m hoping when it’s hung it will reveal more of its three-dimensional qualities.
Each step is individually cut out and layered to create a proper sense of depth. As the steps ascend, the cut layers fall away into the picture so that the bottom layer in this 17 layer assemblage is at the pinnacle of the top step. Meanwhile the top layer forms the bottom step and detailing around the edges of the piece.
Every artwork in the Structured Chaos series is formed of multiple layers of hand cut photograph. There is no glue involved. Instead the layers are held in place with simple paper fasteners on each corner. It allows for multiple permutations and combinations during, and after, the art has been made. It allows us to rethink particular decisions long after we’ve already declared the work complete.
We’re already considering a radical direction for combining and layering the next assemblage. Up to 20 layers per artwork means potentially 2,432,902,000,000,000,000 different ways of structuring just one artwork. Factor in the random nature of the cuts I’m making and we really do have a recipe for chaos should we choose it.