I use sgraffito a lot in my work. I scratch through the surface of the clay or paint as if I were digging for gold. And in a way, I am. The gold isn’t so much what I find however, it’s the actual experience of looking below the surface. “Face-value” just isn’t enough. I want to understand what’s behind the skin.
The detail shot I included here is acrylic on canvas. The entire painting will be 60”x60” when it’s finished. I sponged the white onto the black and then scratched through the textural surface to find the figures. This is another of my Human Soup all-over compositions. I’m taking a look at the ways in which we effect and energize each other.