INTEGRATION OF THE SHADOWGRADIENT

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This work is part of a series of works that were meant to stay in black and white. For some reason I didn't see any colours. Normally, even whilst drawing with my pen, the colours pop up before my mind's eye so I have an idea what it might look like when finished. Not that this is an obligation: it is more a suggestion, a posibility. This colourless phase had begun with Anthroparion, and lasted untill the fifth of the Nigredo / Entropic Experience series, which is more than a year. As no colour suggestions came, I assumed the works were meant to stay in black and white, so I decided to finish them as such.

Technically speaking, this meant that I had to push a lot further into the blacks as usual, because when colour will be added, going too dark deadens the darker hues. I also had to solve the whites as the subtle watercolour hues wouldn't be there. Also, I didn't want any hard outlines, so I had to invent a new method of drawing with a pen that was not as tedious as stippling all the time. It proved to be not only a period of intense learning but also one of delving deep into the deepest pits of my mind with its unconscious convictions and beliefs, which is why the titles of these works are linked to concepts like nigredo or putrefaction, which Yeats called a struggle with the shadow, as with some older night, and to entropy which means transformation as well as being reduced to the simplest possible form or matter. It was a necessary phase, but not exactly an enjoyable one. It is incredible how much rubbish we drag with us...

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