Shamanic Vision: Shamanic Vision sees a leopard idol through the mind's eye of the shaman or true believer. They see not just the idol or made object; but imbue it with the spirit of the god it pays homage to. So the leopard is somewhat stiff in it's hind quarters, but the head begins to move, the paw raises up as to strike, and the ferocity of the leopard god's spirit begins to animate the physical effigy. The concept of Shamanic Vision came from several carved Scythian big cats(presumed leopards, as the leopard is used often in other Scythian art) found in barrows in Siberia. Several of these carvings can be seen in the "Inspirations" collection here on the site. The carvings were unique, but very similar in pose and character. They all show a snarling leopard in repose. These were obviously important to them though their actual meaning has been lost to the ages and can only be speculated on. I became captivated by them- looking at them for hours wondering, "What did they mean? What did they see in these? How did they come to interpret the natural animal this way?" In trying to understand this, I overlay-ed the actual animal onto the carved artifact; and thus Shamanic Vision was conceived. As is my usual approach- the craftsmanship is deliberately not precise in all areas. There are artifacts of the casting process intentionally left behind: a hint of a seam line, the ghost of an inclusion(pit), here and there an air bubble. These are cast art- not perfectly machined precise industrial parts or ideas shat out by god. Like human beings we have vestiges of our biological lives we carry with us: a navel, vaccination scars, scars from injury, the birthmark out mother had. All of these things make us unique, and could be argued as some of the major hallmarks of what it is to be human. I always want my pieces to have the feeling of something made by human hands, and not feel computer generated or machined. Especially in light of the fact that I draw so much from the art of the ancients. I want the viewer to always subliminally wonder if this is a piece of modern art or if it is an artifact which was the equivalent of some "primitive" culture's moon shot. There will be a second edition of Shamanic Vision offered with a golden patina on the bronze, and silver inlay where there is gold on this version.
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