Pushpa – 24″ x 24″ – wall texture, watercolor , on recycled flooring – 2013 – private collection

Pushpa is the sanskrit word for “flower.”  This piece was made for my brother’s house, to provide a focal point for a little room with a peculiar sponged-on paint job.  The substrate is several pieces of salvaged flooring, fitted and glued together, which are covered with wall-texturing plaster.  Watercolor paint is brushed over the plaster, then the design is inscribed through the color with a sharp tool; a technique that is referred to in ceramics as sgraffito.