I’ve been staring at a photograph for a week now trying to decide how to proceed. I’m about to start Stare Down, the sixth paper assemblage in the Structured Chaos series in collaboration with Ben Honebone. The first layer is always the hardest since it determines the whole mood and direction of the artwork and we have been in deep discussion to decide how best to interpret Ben’s picture.
With 18 hand-cut layers to create it’s important to get these opening slices right. There’s no room for error and it may even take me the rest of the week to get this first layer complete. I usually take about a month to complete an artwork but some assemblages such as Ascension have taken far longer.
I’m always quite nervous to make a start but delaying will never achieve anything. It’s not like I’m performing heart surgery or anything. It’s only paper staring me down. How hard can it be?