Description: Spanning from South to North America, the Jaguar / Panther represents the
connection to the ancestors who reside in the spirit world. But it carries an even
deeper symbology because it guards the “gates” to that underworld, a
metaphysical world (Xibalba in Mayan) of a different dimension or realm.
With my art in general, I’m crossing cultures and showing commonality. The
overall message has to do with very old and powerful Native American concepts
that revolve around a holistic understanding of the universe and the human
relationship to all life forms, all levels and planes of knowing, all cycles, seasons..
…all the elements. Because of the state of the environment, this philosophy, which
says we are part of everything and everything is part of us, is equally relevant to
people of all walks of life!!
There’s another aspect of this piece that directly connects to modern art and
science. The geometric drawing within the panther face is inspired by the
“tesseract” or “hyper cube,” a configuration that represents the fourth dimension,
or spirit plane. My great grandfather, Charles Hinton, a Theosophist mathematician
and author of A New Era of Thought and The Fourth Dimension, pionered
visualization techniques used to experience this alternate reality (Xibalba!). The
more I learn about him, the more this geometry shows up in my art.
Medium: mixed media composite using photos, pen, colored pencil, imprinted clay & digital editing.
Print format: archival pigment print on rag paper, limited edition of 75
Print Dimensions: 11×13″ on 13×19″ rag paper