The motivation for this blog is to share my journey to sacred sites around the world. I write from the perspective of an artist – not as a scientist or an archeologist. I take pilgrimages to these incredible sites as a way to connect with spirit of place, to walk in the footsteps of the ancestors, to see the symbols carved in stone and painted on cave walls first-hand. I stand in awe and bask in the mystery of what once was and what is left behind.
As a visual artist, I take my inspiration from these journeys. I’m a painter, printmaker, sculptor – an expat living in Mazatlan, Mexico. Originally from Mississippi, I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Mexico. I’ve always got lots of work going on in the studio, currently I am working on paintings inspired by the ‘vesica piscis’, a form in sacred geometry that is prominent in my work. It is a feminine shape formed by 2 interlocking circles – the womb, the divine mother. (watch for a future blog on this symbol) Also in the works is a bronze sculpture for the City of Mazatlan, ‘Aleteo’, with imagery of flora and fauna from the area. (More about this soon!) My prints are currently inspired by the Nazca Lines in Peru (see one of my earlier posts.)
In addition to my own artwork, I also teach printmaking workshops to locals and international artists in my studio in Mazatlan as well as take artists on ‘Art Vacations’ to other great cities like Oaxaca and Guanajuato. I’m planning the next one for Peru and should be great!
In May 2014, I published a book, Art and Sacred Sites: Connecting with Spirit of Place, about my journeys and inspirations. (Available through my website: www.glenrogersart.com) I was motivated to produce the book when I realized there was a pattern to my travels over the last twenty years – I would visit a sacred site, then return to the studio to create a body of work. I have sought out sites around the world that held meaning and fascination for me from the Temple of Knossos in Crete to Uluru in Australia.
Although I have kept a journal for many years, writing the text for the book was a challenge – but one I came to enjoy. Now that it is in print, I realize I enjoyed the writing and feel the need to continue to share my experiences through this blog. I would love to connect with other artists, adventurers or armchair travelers who share my fascination with the ancients – with those who have come before us.