Thomas Jackson

Years ago I worked on a series of abstract watercolors based on divisions of space observed in ancient Egyptian funerary art. To create these artworks I painted through torn rice paper shapes to stain watercolor paper. While they were used in the process, the rice papers were not part of the finished watercolors. I stored them – many for over a decade — thinking that some day I would use them in some way.

In 2015 I began to use the rice papers in collages. Color is important, sometimes suggesting warmth, other times a cool atmosphere. Some colors are opaque and solid, while other colors suggest a translucent field. The irregular edges create spaces like light shining through. Smaller shapes suggest motion. These compositions feel like scale models of sculptures or architecture, and I have titled them Maquette.

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