Photocopy, dot matrix print, calico and acrylic paint
56 x 41 centimeters
Bar was made when a teacher friend lent me an Apple Mac for the duration of the school holidays. Although I had limited experience using this technology, I played with the Superpaint graphics software that was loaded on the computer, to produce a number of drawings based on a photographic still from the 1962 film noir, Cape Fear. At this stage the exercise was purely for learning the programme, and it was not until I decided to embark on this series of collages, Figures in a Landscape, that I printed these drawings on watercolour paper using a dot matrix printer. The drawings, pasted on a photocopied background, and further worked with dabs of paint formed a basis to which more layers were added until the image started to dissolve.
The style of the collage is semi-abstract; its messiness is an attempt to replicate the poor resolution reference photos captured from a badly tuned black and white television, with the dark 'bar' seen on the left being a nod to the decayed image. This uncertainty about the status of the image became a template for the subsequent collages in the series, with devices such as the hatching using calico strips adding another layer of indeterminacy.Still from Cape Fear
Screen grab Superpaint drawing software