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Anselm Kiefer's Process: Putrefaction, Dissolution, Coagulation

In my research to combine digital and physical media I recently read a book on the German 'painter' Anselm Kiefer. He is a painter in a very pure sense; not just using paint but objects, rocks, plants, weather and acid chemicals to create his work. He repeatedly destroys his pieces and the individual items that compose them, he locks his canvases away in shipping containers after leaving them out in the rain waiting for the process of time to transform it into something 'meaningful'. This unique approach to painting he likens to that of alchemy. The steps of Putrefaction, Dissolution and Coagulation have analogues in his process and links to his lifelong fascination with materials, alchemy a

New kinds of Mark Making

When I am painting I experience a change in myself. An idea grows in me from beginning the first stroke through the painting process until the end, resulting in unintended ideas forming and a painting that is either better or worse for it but ultimately different than the one I initially intended. Representing the development of an idea. The Physical Creative Feedback Loop This extends far beyond painting; It's an unavoidable property of physical art practice, the feedback loop one experiences with the material they are creating with - making a mark, observing it's effect, sparking a new idea, then repeat. This observation process has been around since the materials have been used by people,

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