About the artworkInk on Khadi paper. Mounted in a black stained wooded frame.
As a mark maker, Rod McIntosh lies within a tradition of drawing and recording his experience of the world, his travels, relationships and sense of self.
McIntoshâ€™s process and methods developed as rules that slowly became a habit or creative ritual. His desire to maintain a strong integrity within his work directed him to learn the recipes for gesso where he found the physical, tactile, step-by-step method reassuring â€“ it was a nod to his â€œmakerâ€ roots as he felt he could truly construct his works. Continued research into the history of mark-making pointed to an honesty that he chose to draw with. The pigments became purer: Indian or Chinese ink (that he often grinds himself), graphite, charcoal dust, mixed with a binder of either water, oil, egg or rice paste starch.
He says; â€œI wanted as much control of the provenance of the materials as I could get.â€ The â€˜ensoâ€™, zen circle is a recurrent motif from his studio activities. The pursuit of a perfect circle in a single brush stroke is a meditative practice amongst his arriving at his studio rituals. The final mark on rice paper or gesso is a unique moment of action.