Meinrad Craighead's enthralling works captured my attention and imagination a number of years ago.Her works were unbeknown to me at that particular time, however having accidently coming across her book Sign Of The Tree in a second hand book shop...even though it was stashed away at ground level in amongst a jumble of other books, the image on the book cover caught my eye - immediately intrigued I delved into the book, further captivated by Craighead's ability and draftmanship with scraperboard and woodcut techniques.
At first I was perplexed concerning the price - it seemed unusually reasonable for a hardback. Getting into conversation with
|Sign Of The Tree by Meinrad Craighead 1979 published by|
Artists house, Mitchell Beazley Marketing Ltd
The book itself through imagery and text captures the essence of a magical/spiritual experience. It can be likened to that of going on a journey into another world - an ancient forgotten world waiting to be re-realised.
Craighead's own spiritual awakening and experiences led her to create the work.
Each image holds a spiritual dimension and each one tells a tale - which in many ways evokes a sense of the ancient, the primitive. Craighead's imagery communicates a connectedness of nature with humanity, to us - a kind of interconnection a co-existence - of man and nature- one with the other intrinsically entwined.
This challenges my own shortfall and disconnection from nature in the contemporary culture I dwell in.
I am reminded again of a recent trip to 'The Eden Project', seeing art works by the Indigenous people...works that tell a tale of these peoples interconnection with nature.
Like wise the images within this book also capture the imagination and challenge ones concepts about a need - a realization concerning a balanced inter-dependence with nature - whether I realise this at times or not. I need to be reminded to reconnect - to put aside the techno-material world for a while...regain that balance.
|The Eden Project Art that tells a tale of mans|
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The Forest makes your heart gentle.
You become one with it.
No place for greed or anger there. Pha Pachackhttp://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/25-quotes-that-will-rekindle-your-connection-to-nature
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|Charred Remains,Pastel.2013 yf|