This is a personal piece, part of Parr's 30-year studio practice. She explores themes and techniques, taking in new information as she goes along, letting the piece tell her what comes next. It begins with a rough sketch, then passes through many layers until reaching that breakthrough point - in this case, the addition of a mandala graphic that gave the piece meaning and cohesion. From then on out, it's an instinctive process of filling in color and shape until it feels done.
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