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Piece description from the artist

A lot of my work is indicative of a classical oriental style, where the composition allows for a complementary evaluation of positive and negative space. In this piece, the iconography of the watercolor scroll is updated.

The strong black patterning, which seems to be growing from the barrel, is burnt into the cardboard using high-voltage electricity (a phenomenon called "Lichtenberg Figures").

In keeping with the oriental stylistic elements, a circle is present to mark the negative space. This is complimented by my stamp signature.

Because the electrocution process can make the cardboard warped and frail, the painting has been fixed to wood— its sides sealed with an acrylic/silicone mixture— and coated with an archival varnish. This will preserve the gouache paint, and ensure that the painting will remain in good condition.