RORSCHACH

biography

Rorschach is the pseudonum of a contemporary artist who draws inspiration from the work of Hermann Rorschach, the early 20th century Swiss Freudian psychoanalyst best known for developing the Rorschach inkblot test. The Rorschach test was designed to reflect unconscious parts of the personality that the individual “projects” onto abstract visual stimuli. In the test, individuals are shown a series of ten inkblots – one at a time – and are asked to report what objects or figures they see in each of them. For Rorschach the artist, the classic “Rorschach test” provides both a conceptual framework for exploring the viewer’s subjective response to works of art, as well as a novel method for generating wondrously enigmatic forms. The artist Rorschach’s compositions, unlike those of her namesake, are never perfectly symmetrical. They spin and swirl and undulate across the picture plane in delightfully unexpected ways. Rorschach is also considered a master colorist, whose juxtaposition of related colors produces subtle and beautiful tone poems.