Jackson Pollock is one of the artists that is a huge inspiration to me, especially the work Alchemy (1947) is a piece that sends chills down my spine every time I see it. After seeing the painting in real life at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice it became kind of an obsession to me. I started to research, study and analyse it in all sorts of different ways trying to get to know more about it. My starting point was a small low-res version of the real painting, which measures 114.6 x 221.3cm, and began drawing and painting on it, cutting it up and pasting different parts together again. I did this in an analogue way as well as digitally. The whole proces gave me more insight into the painting itself and its creation proces, trying to retrace the way it was made.

Alchemy, with its thickly encrusted paint surface and its palette of no fewer than 19 different pigments and its characteristic drip technique in which paint and colour overlap and merge is quite a complex work of art. Nevertheless, I concluded that the painting consisted out of five main layers. After I printed out another version (54,5 x 109,5cm) of it I started tracing these 5 main layers onto separate sheets of transparent paper. The first layer being the darkest and most present, consisting mainly out of black paint. Then the second layer consisting out of mainly grey's, the third mainly orange, yellow, and red. The fourth layer contains a selection of white hieroglyph-like signs, and the fifth and last layer was used for the tiny bits of blue scattered around the painting. After this rather time consuming but satisfying activity I had in a way deconstructed the work and decided to try and re-make it in my own way.

The transparent sheets were then transferred to separate screen printing screens after which I made several multi-colored screen prints. In this way I used my inspiration to create something new.