Lacquer as action painting

Rough and intimate.    

In the drawing practice, there has always been a desire to get closer to the surface of a painting, to eliminate anything that might encumber the immediate expression of the body onto the image surface.  For example, in the tradition of Chinese ink painting, there is a even minor practice where the artist uses the tongue instead of a brush to create the drawing in one of the most intimate of gestures. 

Although not as immediate, the process of sanding, scraping, polishing, scumbling the lacquer with bare hands imbues an intimate physicality that deeply connects the surface to the individual.

Every single inch of a lacquer surface is composed in equal parts of physical violence and tender caresses.

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