Time to Explain

Here is an example of the process I have been using to generate images for my new project 'Images from Arbitrary Starting Points', currently on show at the Royal College of Art 2012 Show. Its something quite addictive, in fact I've found it hard to stop producing images in this way. As such it is a work in progress. 

Firstly, we start with an ordinary abstract watercolour painting. Just your run-of-the-mill, average non-descript abstract watercolour painting. Then, we look a little closer.....

Here you can see I have drawn some squares and rectangles. These show areas I have decided make interesting compositions and include preferable colour combinations. Lets take one of these as an example...say the one on the middle.

Now zoom in....

Here it is, in all its random glory! I find it quite amazing that I made this image without knowing it. That there are in fact thousands if not millions of images like this within my painting. And furthermore that we obliviously make thousands if not millions of images every day: the arrangement of dust over a bedside table as you scrabble for your untimely alarm clock; the greasy mark left by a sleeping man's hair on the foggy window of the number 19 bus; the trail of drying blood across a concrete floor left by the battle-weary tom as he finds a quiet chassis under which to lick his wounds...and how you choose to crop and orientate further broadens the spectrum of images created by these random moments in time. 

Anyway, the final step inwhich I reach my conclusion is this: using the composition and colours in the previous image I made this view of a soldier surveying a distant landscape.

Hopefully you can see that whilst the final image is an ending in itself, the production of it, for me, feeds my desire to find other, new worlds within this colourful landscape.  I believe that if I were to continue this process ad infinitum a coherent narrative would eventually emerge; the images linking through my own psychological ordering system that chooses to see mountains, flags and a setting sun where others might see something else altogether. If this is not the case then the work serves as an ode to infinite possibility, and that exploring and scrutinising these possibilities weilds nothing more than a perpetuation of infinity; a terrifying prospect.