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This Del Kathryn Barton tissue art was rescued from the bin and turned into a masterpiece

Artist Tim Moore accumulated this collection of found blotting tissues while working as an assistant to Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton. One afternoon while Moore was doing the weekly studio clean-up he opened a couple of the scrunched-up tissues.

He found that they were surprisingly beautiful so he hid them in a drawer in the studio. Now Aussie publisher Formist has made a book to document their beautiful randomness, Tim Moore: Not My Blotting Tissues.

Although they have been executed by pure chance and often rescued from the rubbish, the works reveal a surprising sense of gestural intent. Moore, who is usually known for his embroidered nudes and well-endowed comic book characters, shows us a sensitivity for timeless abstract expressive compositions while re-framing his art making process. These beautifully incidental works indicate a developing direction in Moore’s practice as he embraces more conceptual modes of expression.

The book features 95 tissue works presented in a soft paperback with a large folding dust jacket. You can grab a copy for yourself here.

Ink blot tissue art
Ink blot tissue art
Ink blot tissue art

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