Creating this black and white abstract art

It would have been easy to fill in all the important white spaces and cover the canvas with regular and even black shapes but I think, after some very, very careful deliberation, that I’ve filled in just enough. I had considered stopping long before the piece you see in the pictures but always got the feeling that there was something missing.

A two colour painting is always tricky to get right as you are always so close to getting wrong and it ending up a colossal mess of nothingness. Black and white is particularly difficult to work with because who the hell wants to look at grey?; that’s what you get when it all goes wrong. In my opinion black and white should exist as their individual colours and not get blended – stark and singular is the way I like to use them.

Why I named it after Shrodinger’s mind experiment

The name comes from a famous theoretical paper on the existence of matter in two independent states at the same time; hypothesized under the synopsis of a cat being both alive and dead simultaneously.

Try Googling the name and head for the Wikipedia entry, then give yourself plenty of time to try and make sense of the theory! The black and white reminded me of this theory of co-existence of two states, hence the name.

The process

Schrodinger’s Cat was painted with industrial quality enamel and acrylic paints. It measures 48 inches x 48 inches x 38mm deep and began with several tubes of acrylic which I used straight from the tube to draw the first series of line movements.

After this I applied a thin layer of enamel paints to infill and create more intricate areas. After this process I began filling key areas with a black water based paint. It was painted on the floor onto a piece of triple primed Belgian canvas then gallery wrapped over a kiln dried wooden frame so that the painting continues round the edges.