'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Are You Mad?

When I was about 13, being a child prodigy, I invented the ink blot test long before Rorscharch thought of it. I made some symmetrical prints and surreptitiously tested my family's sanity  because I had some leftover tubes of watercolour paint and they just looked pretty.

I recently discovered them again.  Here they are, as much for my personal record as for anyone's viewing pleasure.  Although I hope you do enjoy them, on some deeply disturbed level.

PS. I have numbered them, in case you have some reaction to any/some and cannot restrain yourself from sharing it in the comments.


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14 comments:

  1. These are interesting. I enjoyed them. Let us have a look at your potato prints.

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  2. Hire an exhibition hall, put bold price tags on them, give some mysterious interviews and make a fortune... No 1 is a stupid wizard at the Unseen University wearing an Owl hat trying to appear wiser than he is. I dare not continue with the rest...

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  3. I have been looking at these on and off since you posted them and have decided that I could spend all day (and probably all night) commenting given the number but I have decided two things: firstly that you should have a book printed with them all in (and go along Monica's route too) and secondly that I shall bookmark this and keep coming back to it simply because there are so many interesting shapes and interpretations to be seen and made.

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  4. Some of them are lovely and some of them are obviously pornographic, disturbingly so since they were the work of a 13-year-old girl. You obviously missed your calling, which is "medical illustrator"....

    Like GB, I shall be coming back to this one too.

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  5. Thank you for your very revealing comments everyone. Oh, did I forget to tell you that I did my degree in Psychology...?

    (Just joking about the revealing)
    (The other bit is true)

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  6. Except I wasn't joking regarding RWP's comment. What do you 'see' in the grapes Robert? Sometimes a bunch of grapes is just a bunch of grapes.*


    *You may be fascinated to know that there has been no evidence to date to suggest that Freud ever said 'Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar'.

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  7. Most of them looks lie a cross section of a spinal cord xx

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  8. I dare not say what I see in the grapes. I fear that I may have revealed too much already....

    (This time I'm doing the joking)

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  9. 12 is two little birds
    44 is a butterfly (obviously)
    45 is a ladybird being pursued by a beetle monster
    21 is a new species of crab
    and 1 and 10 make me think Freud may have had something after all...

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  10. Accidentally, in these frankly weird emanations of your inner being, you appear to have captured the tortured thought processes of a rebellious thirteen year old New Zealander. Each "print" is like an X ray of your imaginings and your memories back then. Of course if you were to repeat the process today the resulting images would suggest serenity and self-assurance but back then it was all crazy!

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  11. Very interesting. Our own personal inkblot type test. you can really let your imagination fly.
    I used to use this technique a lot with my class over the years. Kids loved to embellish them and create and use their imaginations for a change. ( rare these days !!)

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  12. Because inkblots are bilateral, they most often suggest other bilateral shapes to me, like faces or body parts.

    1. The Swami
    3. An alien with hairy armpits wearing a black bra.
    4. The ultrasounds shows you will be having twins!
    6. A lung infection
    13. Spinal trauma
    14. An angry genie
    15. Portrait of the moth queen
    17. A prostate scan
    20. Face of an unpuffed puffer fish
    21. A spider
    22. The cow is angry with you, run!
    24. A peaceful board meeting. OR The fox has an idea emerging from its head.
    25. A caterpillar boxing match.
    26. An interesting symbol for pisces. This one has the two fishes, but it has a powerful genie in between. His back is turned.
    32. A red owl. OR an inflamed trachea.
    33. Lung scan
    37. A beetle being ridden by a young chicken in a wig and dress,
    39. Sacrum
    40. An owl contemplating the power of poo.
    42. (and 28) Crabs
    44. Satanic butterfly

    What fun! Thank you.

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  13. I love your interpretations and comments everyone! In my defense YP, and others, there was one blot that I did not include because, well, it was obvious I had never seen one or I would not have kept it!

    Scriptor S, Jan - you have a great imagination!

    Helsie, there's an artist who makes animals from her blots. She's written a book, too. Rather fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb_inRDezNw&feature=share&list=UU8GbLFQavygAFJIQdhS9trw

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  14. These are strangely fascinating and I see a lot in them. What a fun thing for you to create as a 13 year old genius/bored girl.

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