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In this blog I will focus on the interface between art, science, linguistics  and indigenous knowledge as they pertain to the transformation of meaning.

Cecilia Vicuña and I initiated a Trialog conversation in March 2017, in conjunction with the Ritual Seminar we were invited to teach for Elective Affinities at A.S.F.A, the Athens School of Visual Arrts, documenta 14. 

James O'Hern 

Ancient Art, Living Pigment and Women Artists

In the Bradshaw website they analyze how the paintings go from cherry color (ochre) to purple. 

The bacteria can either destroy what they come in contact with or preserve it into eternity.

How and what makes the choice?

How did the ancient artists know that pigment was alive?

Perhaps through hundreds of years of observation and transmission of oral knowledge.

Ochre itself was deemed a connector to the energy of the universe.  It wasn't just symbolic, it was an actual mechanism, a dynamic living bridge...

The paintings go back as far as 70,000 years and are figurative, depicting women dancing. 

Women artists probably created them.

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Posted by oysijim on March 02, 2015 in Blog Entries