A Fragile Quarter

I’m in some sort of self-induced Hell. My hands are crippled beyond belief already and my eyes are failing fast. I’ve already completed a layer of Stare Down, well into a second layer, and I can’t seem to stop cutting. I know what I need to achieve and it’s just a matter of getting my body to do my brain’s bidding.

The physical pain comes from the changes in direction with the scalpel. Smooth long curved lines are easy to cut whilst anything with angles is a horrible and nasty chore. Jagged cuts and edges require nasty angles and tests particular pressure points on my fingers. All I can do is strap up my fingers and take regular breaks. But I’m loving doing this so much how can I stop?

Stare Down is a completely new direction for our the Structured Chaos series. The layers are very sparse and contain more space than paper. Some of the remaining strands of paper are barely a millimetre wide which means every layer is fragile and temperamental. It will be a challenge to keep this all intact whilst assembling. To give you an idea, below is the reverse of a quarter of a completed 12″ x 12″ panel.


‘Stare Down’ work in progress [detail]


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