"Lab Specimen 237" was inspired when I met a man who stretched watercolor paper onto stretcher bars so that his watercolors did not need to be confined under a mat or frame. I noticed this, and wondered to myself, if he could do this with watercolor paper, what would happen with different substances?
I wanted to create something that didn't look like the raw materials. The stretcher bars were primed and given surface treatments, and the paper I used was torn and painted as well. I used interference colors to give the paints contrasting sheen, and layered color on top of color. Messages were written on the paper and then blended away, leaving only the vaguest impression that they were even there to begin with.