Licia He is best known for her intricate watercolor drawings created with plotters, and her new “Fictional Lullaby” generative art series is her most ambitious work to date. For Licia this work is about wandering thoughts that go everywhere in the evening, thoughts that make it hard to fall asleep. The focal point of each image in the series is the “eye” that curves through a regular grid space as a collection of energetic curves. She is pushing the materials of the physical drawings far within this series. Licia has thoroughly explored new pigments that are reflective and customized a mix of watercolor and acrylic paint to find the right saturation and fluidity. This work brings composition, color, and material together into a synthesis of incredible craft and energy.
“Fictional Lullaby” is a generative art NFT, but the first collector of each in the series will receive the corresponding plotter drawing created in the artist’s studio. Each software NFT includes millions of other images beyond the primary image for each in the series. The software NFT and the plotter drawing aren’t linked together; the NFT can continue to be collected on a secondary market without the drawing.
The image you see on the main artwork page on Feral File is the plotter drawing for #1/30. Compare this image of the drawing to the corresponding software version to see how the software image and the plotted drawing are similar and how they diverge. Because the artists are using a range of papers and inks, the software and physical drawings are delightfully different.
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Dimension: 40.6 × 30.5 cm Paper: Arches Aquarelle Watercolour Paper, Hot Pressed, 300GSM (140lb) Paint: Mixed watermedia and liquid gold MICA powder, Connoisseur Studios Liquid Leaf Brush: Customized extra fine watercolor brush Machine: Axidraw v3/A3