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Simulacra- Order from Disorder

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Simulacra-  order from disorder

Let’s talk a moment about Art and our prehistoric Artistic ancestors. I maintain that all humans are by innate nature prone to create some understandable order from disorder- this human tendency is called Simulacra. Without all the Psychological babble it means we as humans want to see something familiar in everything. Billowing creatures in cloud formations, human skulls in the bones of animals, a Giant’s face in the NH Old Man in the Mountain, Virgin Mary in an oil stained window, A beloved dead hero in the oozing sap of a local tree.

We love to fashion intentional recognizable some-things from something else. In prehistoric times a piece of cast off unusually shaped wood is saved for later and chipped and fashioned by idle hands to make it in to a figure. Maybe to the primitive artist the scrap looks a bit like a fish so he chips here and there at it to make the image more recognizable. Does he think it becomes a real fish? No. Art is purely representational. It is never meant to replace or displace the actual elemental subject. Art is subjective. That means we each see whatever we want to see regardless of what the actual Artist intended. Not fair to the maker, but this opens Art up to strangers from geographical times and space.

Can Our Modern Eyes See Prehistoric Art ?

We love to fashion intentional recognizable some-things from something else-
In prehistoric times a piece of cast off unusually shaped wood is deliberately saved for later and chipped and fashioned by idle hands to make it in to a figure. Maybe to the primitive artist the scrap looks a bit like a fish so he chips here and there at it to make the image more recognizable. Does he think it becomes a real fish? No. Art is purely representational. It is never meant to replace or displace the actual elemental subject. Art is subjective. That means we each see what ever we want to see regardless of what the actual Artist intended. Artists are supremely brave for this universal aspect,  certainly not at all fair to the original creator,  opens Art up to all observers from any Geographical, Geological, Time,  Space or Psychological Profile

An Attraction for Neolithic Standing Stones

I have always been obsessed with the Neolithic Standing Stones of Great Britain. Stonehenge, Prehistoric Avebury (Eves-Bury?) Skara Brae, Callanish, Boyne Valley.
My mom told a tale about little Mary when she were about 5 years old looking up at the black and white TV news story about English Stonehenge saying “Mummy, look I lived there.” Since I was American born and bred She was suitably freaked out. Mary was always an oddly Fey child.

I started to carefully build little rock Cairns in my sandbox, immediately knocked about by my other ruffian siblings who were Yankee Doodle’s. My artwork has always been strangely out worldly.

 

Bearded Old Man

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Neolithic "Praying Hands"

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Time Out- by Mary Lee Mattison

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