Relapse was an attempt to make a figurative landscape out of an abstract concept. The ideas was to expand on the contours of the human form.
From a large scale drawing of a model the individual contour lines were etched into a thick ground. The canvas started from one unique point and then gradually eroded to form the contour lines. The resultant painting mirrored the strata lines and resultant formations completed the effect.
The main challenge encoutered here was the consistency and application of the ground. The resultant experimentation led to the discovery of a limestone smalt that dried quickly and allowed the erosion of the form with high precision.