In a traditional sumi-e ensō, the practice of Japanese ink painting on rice paper, the paper quickly draws away moisture leaving the ink as evidence of the spirit of its maker. In enzo [1/80th] the surface is made inhospitable to the liquid ink and resists absorption. The ink pools and the camera intervenes to record the ink while in motion. Harsh fluorescent lights overhead are reflected in the dark wet surface locating us in time and industrialised space.
The circle dates back to our earliest symbolic markings and continues to depict the world we inhabit; from the Zen Buddhist ensō that expresses the universe and mu (the void), to James Lovelock's Gaia theory the circle represents a continuous whole. To draw a circle is to articulate a line that is the edge of a form or the edge of empty space simultaneously.
Enzo - Arrested Moment [1/80 sec].
Original, Bideford Black pigment, water and tree sap on prepared panel.
The work is a photographic record, a visual arrest of a moment in time, before the original drawing is destroyed. Matter brings with it an agency that is an inevitable expression of what already exists. Reduced to its simplest form with a single gesture, extracted to a single split second.
Concerned with notions of time and matter, a black carbon pigment, collected from a 350 million year old fossil deposit in North Devon is ground down and suspended in fluid. Drawn with a loaded brush the single stroke forms a circle, the liquid ink continues in motion, beyond human intervention, until the laws of inertia force it to a halt.