For this series, Henderson continues his ongoing practice of redefining the parameters of painting. In these new gypsum casts, the artist starts by making a canvas work in oil and acrylic paint. This original is then transformed into a mold, where the artist is able to make a cast of the original in gypsum. The subsequent transfer captures certain detials - texture and depth - without wholly copying the original. From this new sculptural canvas, Henderson then adds layers of dye and paint to re-create the work, meditating on the process of replication, removal, and addition.
"This work is a gyspum cast of a painting. The cast was then painted over ink. The white of the gypsum represents a kind of blankness or beginning, which is a contradiction. While casting may suggest a loss of color, the cast is not blank or empty but rather depicts exactingly all the sculptural details of the mold from which it was captured. By painting (or rather staining) on top of the cast gypsum, I am signaling that casting an object does not mean that it is fully resolved or permanently fixed." - John Henderson