Indian ink on Chinese mulberry paper, mounted to Fabriano cartridge (120gsm) on panel, charcoal paste, matt varnish. 24 carat gold leaf on bole.
An collage of two original ink paintings on Chinese paper that has been mounted to a paper substrate on panel. Mounted with charcoal paste, sealed with a matt varnish for protection. 24 carat gold leaf on bole.
'Holding the Moment I' - By Rod McIntosh - 2019
Process is central within the painting practice of Rod McIntosh. His mark making has a fluidity and honesty that reveals itself through a muted pallet of monotones. This lends the work a striking and minimal appearance, which coalesces with the quiet sensitivity to his materials, time invested and action.
With his body, the breath along with materials, and repetitive often-obsessive processes, focuses an attention to the present. Observing and recording the moment of creation within a continuum.
He speaks of them as;
“Physical meditations, that offers himself, and the viewer, a moment to pause.”
Through rehearsal, the mark-making is an embodiment of a gestural flow with the breath that is choreographed and then privately performed.
For McIntosh the provenances and particular characteristics of each material are of great importance. Following closely traditional eastern recipes for archival inks and pastes he works upon delicate Chinese papers that absorb every fluid movement as he accepts the brevity of a final committed stroke.
Presence and concentration are key to his practice in cultivating a meditative quality. Examining his temporal gestures, alongside ideas of mindfulness, permanence, attachment and acceptance.