Sunday, January 21, 2007
This is what I'm reading right now. I've been intriqued with Graham Hancock's work for about ten years, since I first read Fingerprints of the Gods. In the first part of the book, Hancock discusses the visions experienced while taking hallucin terms of shared human vision, consciousness, and....cave art. He discusses therianthropes - part animal, part human petroglyphs and how they related to drug-induced hallucinations. And he finds these therianthropes in prehistoric art from many parts of the world and at different times in human development.
I've always loved prehistoric art, and this book is interesting to me not only because it raises questions about the origins of religion, but also about the impulse to make art.
I'll have more to say as I read further.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I chose Paula Dion's page, shown above, as the best art in the White Chunky Book project. This was really difficult to do, as there are such a range of styles and techniques from participants.
I chose Paula's page for several reasons -- I loved her interpretation of the theme, especially the dictionary page with gesso or white acrylic paint brushed on it. And also, she used a number of techniques -- collage, painting, stitching, stamping, and embellishment -- and still maintained a unified whole.