Glen Rogers artist, inspiration, monotype printing, printmaking, the circle as archetypal symbol
In the studio I am open to an intuitive approach to creating art – going with the flow and being open to the possibilities. Often, a circle appears as I apply the ink to a plate and begin a new monotype print. Inspired by the circles of old, I use them as a point of departure to weave my own tale. (Here I’ve used a xerox transfer process to integrate the old stone circles from El Mesquita, in Cordoba, Spain).
Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux Holy Man, said it best:
“You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round… The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours…Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.”
Michael McCarthy said:
During a recent trip to Tulum on the Riviera Maya to look at a new art gallery, which features circles as both functional design elements and decoration, I learned that while the Maya were among the earliest of civilizations to use the circle as the basic form for calendars, astrological charts, and design, they never adopted it for use in everyday life such as using it as a wheel…like a grinding wheel, a cart wheel, any sort of mechanical wheel. It was used only as an abstract form and I assume in a more spiritual and emotional way such as the way you use it.
That’s really interesting- I didn’t know that. Thanks for sharing!
Patti Sawyer said:
Thanks Glen I always enjoy your fresh take on nature’s gift to us!! My best to you. Patti Sawyer
I’m glad you enjoyed it. Always nice to hear from you!
Janina Irene Davis said:
What a wonderful post for the summer solstice. And I love the Black Elk quote.