The dream-like images on this sheet demonstrate how Pollock improvised as he worked. What were perhaps free-form lines in the center of the sheet, for example, became a reclining female figure once he added details that suggest a breast. And in the lower left corner, a face materializes from dense scribbles that obscure a bird with outstretched wings. A balance of chance and intention, this approach was influenced by the Surrealist practice of automatic drawing, in which the hand moves unfettered by the conscious mind.
from Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954, November 22, 2015–May 1, 2016