Drawing "Rorschach Blot, Ascending" by Hunter Madsen

"Rorschach Blot, Ascending"

 
TITLE - "Rorschach Blot, Ascending"
WHERE - Sasamat Lake, Port Moody, B.C. (2015)

This arresting image plays upon the potential tension between denotation and connotation in visual meaning. The roots of an extraordinary tree stump, long submerged in a local lake, take flight here as a Rorschach ink blot that invites the viewer, first, to interpret its psychological content - that is, to decide what this dark thing "looks like" to them - and then to disconfirm and discredit their own connotative interpretation... since, upon further inspection, this phantasm is, in reality, nothing more than an upside-down image of a tree stump in a lake.  Still, both meanings in their alternate realities - menacing ink blot, benign tree stump - somehow persist side-by-side in the mind, and make this picture harder to breeze past and forget.