This is based on one of Matta’s peculiar insectoid/mechanical figurative paintings I wrote about here. I never saw this body of work before, though I had seen some of Matta’s more abstract work. These particular pieces are my stand out favorites, and this painting is a tribute.
Here’s the original, and you can see I only used a section.
I did some reinterpretation, otherwise why bother, and made a preliminary line drawing:
This isn’t part of my new series, because it took more than 3 days and wasn’t working exclusively from my imagination.
It’s quite a universe Roberto Matta created and populated with these strange stand-ins for humans. I don’t think I did anything to improve on his work. My version is a “cover”. Wasn’t easy, either.