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“Abstractions in a Lost Tongue” are inspired by Mayan writing — glyphs that have been deciphered by etymologists. Among other things, the texts speak about cyclical time in a kind of ancient software code that the Maya painted on temple walls to keep the Universe running smoothly.
These paintings mix Mayan codes with the ‘magic’ codes of today’s ‘priests’ – software engineers who write HTML to keep the ‘magic’ of our technology running smoothly.
The flux of tone in which the texts appear evoke a phantasmagoria of luxurious line, masked glaze, sponged light and perhaps a warning that any civilization can come to its own demise through ecologically induced disaster, war and over-population.
This work is in the tradition of artists who have used Native imagery as a catalyst for unconscious association and spiritual renewal through the “primitive” — Wolfgang Paalen, Richard Pousette-Dart, and the early work of Barnett Newman, Adolph Gottlieb, and Jackson Pollock.