Flipping through my files I found this image from 2013 when I was thinking about circular reasoning. Looking at it tonight I was drawn back to what I was thinking then and juxtaposing it on what I'm feeling today.
Circular reasoning is a concept that is endlessly amusing. As I googled it tonight I came upon this website that pretty well sums up my confusion about the whole topic today, and that I tried to express in my little piece of art.
And little it is. This is an ATC, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. It's made from layers of paper onto which I've printed, stamped and drawn. I began with a base layer that's a grid; painted, printed and stamped and then layered with tissue on top, that diffuses, but doesn't hide what's below. On top, I used white ink to try to describe the options of reasoning; trying to conform circular thinking to an uneven grid, and the many ways there are to make circles that at first appear different, but are really the same. Between the top and bottom layer, obscured, are uneven circular shapes that fit in neither grid. In front, a spiral indicating open thinking and a closed, harsh, but empty circle that can be construed as a final "stamp of approval".
That was what I was thinking then. From my mind the world was a calmer, quieter place.
Tonight I've digitally altered the piece with filters in Photoshop, then moved over to Illustrator to further manipulate it and blown it up to 38" x 54", which I'll digitally reproduce. It's a bit more shaky, unclear, uncertain and hazy.
I've submitted this design to the Minted/Domino design challenge. Vote for me, please!