"The Patternists specialized in cerebral asymmetry. With grossly expanded right-brain hemispheres, they were highly intuitive, given to metaphors, parallels, and sudden cognitive leaps. Their inventive minds and quick, unpredictable genius had given them a competitive edge at first. But with these advantages had come grave weaknesses: autism, fugue states, and paranoia. Patternists grew out of control and became grotesque webs of fantasy." - Bruce Sterling Schismatrix Plus
13 January 2014
I was offered a show at Art House Centro in Tucson and had a little over a month to get some work together. I decided to extend the one painting series I had started two years ago that started with "Cervidex," an image of a man with a deer head. Continuing on the therianthropic path with Ardeidix, Timidix, Canix, and Astutix. My pantheon of deities all end in "X." These are my first attempts at figure painting, which is hard for me, which is why I think I avoided it for so long, or until I had the skills. Always had the ideas, but not the skills. Turned out to be kind of a mental trick along the lines of "you can paint realistic rocks, the figure is just a weird rock."
So a human with an animal head is a common theme throughout history and presently for that matter. I am thinking more about variations on the Green Man than Egyptian gods like Osiris, Horus and Anubis. Spirits of the natural world. Although I have so much interest recently in mythology, arcane magic, psionics and ancient texts etc., I see these characters appearing in real life now, not in historic situations. I see a naked, hyper intelligent God with a deer head materializing in front of me with beams of energy washing out of them. Now. The embodiment of natures' power and personality, warning, or simply stating their existence in the parking lot, in an abandoned gravel lot, on a path in the desert, on a mountain top. I see them now, in 2014 while my iPhone notifies me of a text message.
I still feel like all of my artistic efforts are moving towards a publication, and I'm afraid of straying from that subject. The Sutra of Tranquility. This book appears to those ready to study out of thin air when summoned. Filled with abstract patterns, complex diagrams, strange characters, and indecipherable text, the reader comes away with a sense of calm they can call upon the rest of their life. A fantasy object I can't tear my mind away from but I feel like I'm the one to author it.