Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rorschach VIII

 Rorschach VIII
Oil, stretched canvas    8" x 16"


I worked off and on today on a painting that I started yesterday of rocks and the sea.   At 8pm I wiped the painting.  It looked insipid and boring.  Very, very boring.

So left with a smeared, stained canvas, I played with a palette knife and the contents of the oil palette and this is the result. The Rorschach Test VIII.  A sprinkle of minute green/gold glass beads complete the piece and add more texture as they embed into the paint. 


Test # VII seems the closest in form and colour of the ten inkblots that make up the test and the commonly found characteristics of the original inkblot have determined this:


People often express relief about card VIII, which lets them relax and respond effectively. Similar to card V, it represents a "change of pace"; however, the card introduces new elaboration difficulties, being complex and the first multi-colored card in the set. Therefore, people who find processing complex situations or emotional stimuli distressing or difficult may be uncomfortable with this card.

The Roschach test is a visual test used by some psychologists to determine personality characteristics and emotional functioning of subjects by reviewing their reactions to inkblots of varying shapes.  There is controversy around its use and In the 1959 edition of Mental Measurement Yearbook, Lee Cronbach (former President of the Psychometric Society and American Psychological Association) has been quoted as saying, "The test has repeatedly failed as a prediction of practical criteria. There is nothing in the literature to encourage reliance on Rorschach interpretations."

Despite the misgivings about the test, the reaction to this inkblot rather sum up my painting "a change of pace".  What do you see in it?

3 comments:

Crystal Cook said...

Your painting is absolutely gorgeous. :)

Jeanette said...

Crystal, thank you.

suzanneberry said...

WOW!! jeanette, i absolutely LOVE The Rorschach Test VIII!! so inventive and really, really visually compelling! what a great series this is...bravo!