My transcription project was inspired by the Zurbaran painting 'Saint Francis in Meditation', the figure is completely submerged in this infinite black background, whilst holding a skull - which thinkers and philosophers used to remind them of their own mortality. With this series of experiments I combined these two notions, mortality and submerging, to create pieces that tried to capture an ephemeral moment (because in the grand scheme of things, life is ephemeral) - when two or more liquid substances merge together, by freezing them.
These three sculptures each had a different process. Number 1 I half froze a container of water, then poured black food colouring into it, then let it freeze completely. This had a consuming effect, the food colouring overpowered the water, mirroring the background of the painting. With the second sculpture I froze the water completely first, then poured green and black food colouring on top of the frozen surface, the colouring would seep between the crevices of the ice, swaying more towards my concept. The last sculpture had the same process as the previous one, but then it was left out at room temperature for a day and refrozen. All these sculptures were left up to chance, I had a part to play but as Sartre says in Existentialism & Humanism, 'there is no prevenient design'; I could not control the results of these experiments because you cannot control anything which is not within your direct will.