Even though my artwork is very formal in appearance, the creation process is largely based around embracing chance, accident and chaos. This element usually comes from doodling or photography (specifically stills from videos), but for this collection I am using images generated by AI.
ArtBreeder’s Collage beta allows you to sketch a basic image and add a text description. From these inputs, it generates AI images. You can tweak the image, the text and/or change the level of AI interpretation to see what images are generated.
Once I find something interesting to use, I import it into Procreate to edit, chop up, compose and hand-paint the final piece. All of these pieces were inspired by classical art depicting the stations of the cross, including Matthias Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece and Diego Velázquez’ Christ Contemplated by the Christian Soul.
“and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.”
“They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him”
“When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.”
“Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.”
“Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!””
“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.”