Rorschach, schizophrenia, ink, bleach and photoshop


“PGS Rorschach” Quink Ink, Winsor & Newton coloured inks, household bleach & Photoshop © chriswoodartist all rights reserved 2012

Whilst Hermann Rorschach created the Rorschach Ink blot test in 1921, the idea was nothing new and the concept of assessing an individuals personality goes back to Leonardo Da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli. The ink blot was used by French Psychologist Alfred Binet (July 11, 1857 – October 18, 1911) as a creativity test and later to explore imagination and consciousness.

Later, Rorschach studied 300 mental patients and his test was used as a tool for diagnosing schizophenia.

My somewhat bizarre image is not really a blot – more a controlled set of dribbles ! Rorschach made hundreds of blots – but he settled on a set of 10 for their diagnostic value.  I might well explore this further and produce a series of my own.

Please feel free to interpret and comment upon this and look out for the next batch of images !

About chriswoodartist

painter, print-maker and illustrator

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