The Rorschach Pansy Test

From the Nature Nurture series

by Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2013

Print by Sonja van Kerkhoff + sen McGlinn
Computer print on transparency. 20 x 27 cm (size of transparent sheet). Edition of 35.

Print by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Carmen McGlinn
Detail. €200 plus p + p.
Printed with light resistant inks however it is best not to hang it in direct sunlight.

"The Rorschach Pansy Test" refers to the Rorschach test which is a psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed. In this work the pansy petals are all subtly different. They are paired - a reference to same-sex relationships - and arranged to emphasize the negative spaces (society). The arrangement in a matrix and the pins they hang from reference butterflies caught in nature and placed in a display case.

The Nature-Nurture series are illusionistic works based on photographs of cultivated flowers from a New Plymouth garden in Aotearoa | New Zealand. These are real objects, as shown by the imperfections, arranged artificially and hung out from the wall so that the lighting throws an after image on the wall. This 'seeing through the work' draws attention to the medium, a suspended transparent sheet. It is the equivalent of the words "This is not a pipe" in Magritte's surrealist painting and like his work these are also primarily conceptual works of art.

In the collection of

2014    University of Wisconsin Art Department, Marshfield, WI, U.S.A.


2014    The "Kei Te Tārai O Te Whenua | In The Land Sculpture" show,   Otaki Forks Artspace, Kapiti,
Aotearoa | New Zealand

2014    16th International Collage Exhibition and Exchange,   Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford, Taranaki,
Aotearoa | New Zealand

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