The paintings are created by applying a uniform layer of acrylic onto a found image, usually a 12" album cover. The complex and improvised patchwork of lines, curvature and ornamentation are created by scoring and grooving out the paint surface with an X-Aacto knife. Graphic details and color appear as a "surprise". The process can be attributed to a sort of metaphor for excavating.
The pattern is a reference to a Chinese rice field character used in learning calligraphy. I discovered a few calligraphy learning handbooks in random convenient shops during a recent trip to Shanghai. Im really into local ephemera when travelling and print and stationery items are one of my most revered.