In Song Chain we see a departure from the complex layering and botanical references of works presented in Necessary Distraction at the Auckland Art Gallery (2015) and Restless Idiom at Te Uru (2015). As if in a loosened up rewinding and concentration of process, the artist stays with his most rhythmic set of gestures. Cousins’ characteristic rhythmic bands, a key element in the particular kind of pictorial space he is known for, are given space here to perform in their own right. Loosely figural elements oscillate in parallel with the verticality of the body. Colour evokes identification with soot and spore, of cloud captured in a liquid rhythmic wave. Airborne particles are caught and absorbed as colour then re made by the particulate effect of the spray gun in a lapsed agglomeration of run-offs in a post-industrial chemical version of Renaissance-like Sfumato (smoky line).