I am currently reading my children Enid Blytons ‘The Faraway Tree’. This was my favourite book as a child, actually anything written by Blyton was read over and over.
With my somewhat adult brain I have a new take on these books and realise that Mrs Blyton belongs in the hall of fame with the likes of Hieronymous Bosch, David Bowie and LSD. Continue reading
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are quilts created by a group of women and their ancestors who live or have lived in the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee’s Bend, Alabama along the Alabama River. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are considered to be unique, and one of the most important African-American visual and cultural contributions to the history of art within the United States.
A link to the NZ artist Jennifer Mason’s selected video art.
As yet I have little words to describe my reaction apart from the happiness I felt in the freedom of her work. I am posting this so I can look back on it and watch it for inspiration and unloosening of my mind when needed.
So I have posted a few blog entries that highlight the glory that is the decorated penis.
Why? How does this relate to my art practice?
As I ask myself these questions, it strikes me how Terry’s phallic nose in my work Terry was never a ‘thing’. Sure people had a giggle, some rolled their eyes, a couple did some role playing with his face but mostly his penis nose was used to differentiate him from his tribe – ‘who is Terry?’….’you know the one with the ‘(insert hand gesture here)
I have been reading ‘What Do Pictures Want?’ by W.J.T Mitchell and clarifying the difference and the definitions of the idol, the fetish and the totem in order to understand my art practice with more depth. Continue reading
Native American Indians – Shaman Symbol
Native American Indians of the Mississippian culture were sun worshipers and had a highly complex warfare culture. Their symbols, such as the Shaman symbol, reflect the warfare culture and the religious beliefs and cosmologies of the different historic tribes who existed at the time of the first European contact.
The Mississippians believed that the universe consisted of three parts with good and bad spiritual forces. These three worlds were linked together and their connection was usually portrayed as a cedar tree or a striped pole. The Underworld was inhabited by spirit snakes, the Upper world was inhabited by spirit birds and the people of the earth who were ruled by these powerful spirits who could be communicated with by the Shaman.
Items displaying symbols, like the Shaman symbol, from the Mississippian culture have been found in burial sites that contained war axes, knives and other weapons. This type of symbol was embossed in valuable materials such as rare shells, copper and lead and depicted on pottery and stone tools and weapons.