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Conjuring Up van Gogh’s “Starry Night” in a Bowl of Water


Conjuring Up van Gogh’s “Starry Night” in a Bowl of Water by Carey Dunne on June 17, 2016 Garip Ay, clip from “Van Gogh on Dark Water Animation” (2016) (all GIFs by the author for Hyperallergic) Recreating Vincent van Gogh paintings in unexpected mediums has become something of a trend in recent years: We’ve seen everything from“Starry Night” drawn with bacteria in a petri dish to “Olive Trees” rendered as crop art. The latest and most dazzling addition to the van Gogh tribute movement comes from Turkish artist Garip Ay, who paints a rendition of “Starry Night” using ebru, or paper marbling, in a bowl of water. Ebru, a decorative paper art, hails from East and Central Asia in the 10th and 16th centuries, respectively. The technique involves sprinkling and brushing pigments onto the surface of oily water in a pan, then laying paper atop the water, effectively dyeing the paper with tendrils of color…