January 6, 2020

What secrets might be revealed to Rorschach if he were to become lost in one of his own inkblots?

Mark Lomax, 62

Remembering Rorschach: In 1921, Hermann Rorschach published his book Psychodiagnostik, containing 10 prints inspired by his original hand-drawn cards. Rorschach’s Inkblot test was originally conceived as a tool in the diagnosis of schizophrenia, but became more widely used to assess personality characteristics, emotional functioning and information processing. In this form, the test utilises Pareidolia, the visual version of Apophenia, a tendency to interpret random patterns as meaningful. This exploits the ability to see faces, animals and other objects that are projections of the mind. My practice explores cognitive Psychology and for the past 3 to 4 years has concentrated on memory. I am especially interested in involuntary autobiographical memory and how through visual triggers a viewer might be transported back into their own past. My work focuses on textiles and common domestic objects that have a shared sense of social and personal history. In Remembering Rorschach I have used paint, filler, collage and gold leaf on aluminium sheets stitched together with wire. This utilises quilt making and other textile-based construction techniques to produce a work that has a strange familiarity. This sense of recognition encourages the projection of personal thoughts and individual memories into the piece.

Remembering Rorschach, 2019Paint, filler, collage, and gold leaf on aluminium panels stitched together with wire102 cm x 102cm