As I was working on an illustration last week, I was using a sheet of scratch paper to blot and test my set of alphabet stamps before applying them to the finished work. When I was all through, the picture above was the result on the scratch paper! If you look at it long enough, words will attempt to form themselves, like a deranged crossword puzzle. It struck me as falling somewhere between shape poetry, and automatism. Automatism, or automatic writing, is described as a primary method of Surrealism – it exploits chance and spontaneity as a tool for creativity. André Breton, in his 1924 text Manifesto of Surrealism, defined automatism as “Dictated by thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.” I think this arrangement of letters is the closest I’ve ever come to that! Enjoy!