Building a dwelling and creating an object with form were not always distinguished from one another in prehistoric times. The safety offered by permanent barriers to elements were not entirely without parallels to the security and auspiciousness delivered by formed images. As such, the purpose of art was tied to shamanic practices. This purposefulness of art is increasingly self-evident further into the past, but quite obscure in our present. However, reestablishing that shamanic connection through imagery is not a difficult task, even today. People generally do not vandalise Christian icons or Buddhist shrines, felicitous talismans or family photos. Comprehending the shamanic underpinnings of art first depends on the acceptance that we are neither omniscient nor omnipotent, and as a consequence have faith in a mystical force that will aid and sustain us through the fog of uncertainty.
Text courtesy GALLERY2.