• The Ancient Imaginary: A Case of Wide Awake Respect

    Author(s):
    June Julian (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    Landscape Archaeology
    Subject(s):
    Indigenous archaeology, Contemporary art, Fine arts, Painting, Interdisciplinary cultural studies
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Tag(s):
    Kachinas, Art/Archaeology, Climate Change, Pecos River Drought, June Julian
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/3q3b-2q52
    Abstract:
    How else can we grow out of the complacency of the familiar but to seek the unfamiliar? We remember that it has been common practice for artists to be inspired by outside sources in their quests for maximum beauty and truth. My impulse is not to appropriate nor to commercialize that imagery, but through it, with reverence, to expand our capacity for knowing. Embodying that intent, the Ancient Imaginary is series of oil paintings on canvas based on the underlying theory and practice of Art/Archaeology. It asks the question, “How can figurative artifacts retrieved from past cultures encourage us to re-imagine our connection to the earth now?" I dig out images of ancient and historic Kachinas, indigenous American cultural figures, and use them as visual Imaginaries, i.e. artifacts that point with hope to the future.
    Notes:
    Contains 6 original oil paintings by June Julian and their conceptual rationale
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved
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