root of all art is ritual. And regardless of how far we have advanced
from the caves of our ancestry with their paintings and figures
and other ritual tools of the shamans' world, we cannot escape the
deep roots of our artistic heritage.
relationship between the shaman and the artist and the communities
in which they participate and serve are ancient and complex, subtle
and profound. In these times of esthetic abstraction and sophistication
the role of artist as shaman is often obscured by the arcane language
and social cacophony built into the perceptual lens of our culture.
the artists know what they are doing. They know the terrain of their
journey and the language of their dialogue. Because this visual
language of art is far more subtle and complex than the written
glyphs of our times, attempts to state art in words must of necessity
be an approximation and may easily become arcane, misleading and
self-serving. However, a few artists have been articulate at translating
their art into the written word, and some students of the arts have
written clear and eloquent statements about the shamanic and spiritual
nature of art.
have included here references to two publications that I have found
to be clear, provocative and enlightening statements about the relationships
of artists to their art, to the societies in which they create and
to their ancient roots both cultural and natural.
through this lens may challenge your present view of art, it's role
in our society and in your daily life. Hopefully, it will remove
art from the provenance of the priesthood of contemporary artist
and return it as a spiritual, ritual and creative part of your daily
If you have comments about the work
or the words that you see here, or the web site or if you would
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for further reading
"An Art of Our Own - The Spiritual in Twentieth
Century Art"; Roger Lipsey, Published by Shambhala Publications,
Inc. Boston MA 1988
"Dreaming With Eyes Open - The Shamanic Spirit
in Twentieth Century Art and Culture"; Michael Tucker, Published
by Aquarian/Harper, San Francisco 1992