Kerner’s use of the inkblot as a means of divination might draw parallels with reading grains of tea leaves in the bottom of a cup or the interpretation of tossed yarrow stalks in correspondence with the hexagram configurations of the I Ching or Book of Changes.
‘it is the ‘configuration of chance events in the moment of observation’ that is of interest . . . it must be admitted that moments can leave long traces.’
And in the fleetingness of the moment we glimpse our own mortality. These paintings follow in the tradition of the Vanitas. They celebrate and delight in the rapturous moment, which is at once the life we see in death and the death that is in life.
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