Koi Rush is an experiment to see if I can act as a curator-as-artist in order to separate myself from the self-consciousness that comes with creating original content — I chose someone else’s photograph as a source not as an over-intellectualized exercise in conceptualism or irony, but so that I could find a Beautiful subject in an unbiased manner without the baggage of having to judge my own source creation. This may seem lazy, disingenuous, or a cop-out on my part, but it is a genuine attempt to create the most Beauty I can with painting - for Pulchrism. By freeing myself from the constraints of source creation, I am free to choose images and subjects I find to be Beautiful.
Koi Rush is therefore after an image by a Thai photographer named Prathaan. If feeds into my love of sacred Japanese garden / shrine themes.