The Reason Elephants Don’t Eat Popcorn

Next to a one penny piece to show the scale
Next to a one penny piece to show the scale

I created a collograph of an Iris using a very, very small plate and magenta pink ink. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens with collographs, the print was disappointing. I liked the colours and shapes though so used a marker pen to draw over it.

In Psychology the concept of Perceptual Set Theory was explored by Deregowski (1972). It showed the cultural bias in the perception of perspective by using two elephant drawings, one showing a split view and the other a top perspective. Only one child preferred the top view and for the reason that the elephant in the split image was “jumping dangerously”. The images from my A-Level Psychology class came back to me when I was working on this print. I wondered what an elephant would look like if it was jumping dangerously, standing on an iris and eating popcorn. This little image was the result.

"The Reason Elephants Don't Eat Popcorn", marker pen on collograph, 6x6".
“The Reason Elephants Don’t Eat Popcorn”, marker pen on collograph, 6×6″.

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