Thursday, December 2, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 461

Title: ... for not only do they believe that the stars are isles, but that far beyond all visible horizons, their own mild, uncontinented seas, interflow with the blue heavens; and so form the white breakers of the Milky Way.

7.5 inches by 9.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
November 25, 2010

4 comments:

Rudy said...

Wow. Brilliantly beautiful. The colors are lovely, and the linework is perfectly fluid, evoking both the ocean and the cosmos. I was always impressed with your skills with the pen, but your brushwork is starting to exceed your penwork. This is one of my new faves.

Titus said...

That's a beautiful union of image with text. Mesmerising image, actually.

Matt Kish said...

Rudy, thank you, those words are very kind. I wasn't sure this piece would amount to much as I was working on it, but it grew on me quite a bit by the time I was finished. It is often more enjoyable for me to work on these more abstract pieces because I feel less (internal and external) pressure. Something as seemingly simple as a conversation between Ahab and Starbuck can stress me out so much more than a piece like this because it asks me to depict things I have a great deal of trouble depicting. So pieces like this are important to balance and ballast the heavy load of the greater narrative.

Matt Kish said...

Titus, I sometimes worry I use found paper that is too obvious given the content of the line I am illustrating, but this star chart was simply too perfect to pass up.