Through complimentary research in recording and understanding rock art in a widespread geography, I have been forced to examine the basic need to make art; to leave a record of an event or even a spiritual belief. The elements of earth, water, fire and air combine in such a way as to transform an experience into a permanent ceramic form.
“Places possess a marked capacity for triggering acts of self-reflection, inspiring thoughts about who one presently is, or memories of who one used to be, or musings of who one might become. People are forever presenting each other with culturally mediated images of where and how they dwell. In large ways and small, they are forever performing acts that reproduce and express their own sense of place-and also, inextricably, their own understanding.” –Keith Basso, ‘Senses of Place’, School of American Research
“The trail of wisdom, that is what i am going to talk about. I’m going to speak as the old people do, as my grandmother spoke to me when I was still a boy. Do you want a long life she said? Well, you will need to have wisdom. You must make your mind resilient. You life is like a trail. You must be watchful as you go. How will you walk along this trail of wisdom? Well, you will go many places. You must look at them closely. You must remember all of them.” –Dudley Patterson (now deceased, a Western Apache friend and informant of Keith Basso)
“Wisdom sits in places. It’s like water that never dries up. You need to drink water to stay alive, don’t you? Well, you need to drink from places. You must remember what happened at them long ago. You must think about it and keep on thinking about it. Then your mind will become smoother and smoother. Then you will see danger before it happens. You will walk a long way and live a long time. You will become wise. People will respect you.” –Dudley Patterson