Ink Bubble Drawings by Roland Flexner

The intricate ink bubble drawings by Roland Flexner are created by modifying a Japanese decorative art technique called suminagashi where paper is laid on top of ink floating on water. Flexner takes it one step further by blowing on or tilting the image right before the ink sets into the paper. His intended result is a nod to the seventeenth-century practice of collecting stones, polishing the cross-sections and then interpreting the emerging abstractions as landscapes. Some of the drawings from his series certianly accomplish that, but I enjoy the ones that lean more towards either the microbiological or galactic.

Take a look at all of his ink bubble drawings while listening to this track by Björk and you’ll agree.

Björk – Cosmogony