Desire, Power, Expression – The process of recognition and reassemblage…

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Woman and DogFBO

Goff James, Woman with Dog, 2012

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.”

Ken Robinson

Nude 1960 by Auguste Herbin 1882-1960

Auguste Herbin
Nude 1960
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018

Auguste Herbin

“It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do.”

Eric Jerome Dickey


Burkina Faso; Bwa peoples
Luruya (mask)
Wood, pigment, fiber
H. 81.28 cm (32″)
University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, The Stanley Collection, X1990.633

Luruya (mask)

The creative desire and the artisans’ power of expression is pandemic across the globe. Possessing varying influences that have regard of ethnological and geographical factors as well as societal development of different “civilization’s” cultures and ethnicities. Such influences can be archaic, academic or abstract.

Symbolism, from whichever source, reflects this creativity. The word “symbol” itself derives from the Latin symbolum, a symbol of faith, and symbolus, a sign of recognition, in turn from classical Greek συμβόλον symbolon, an object cut in half constituting a sign of recognition when reassembled.

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Roy Lichtenstein (1923–97), Indian with Pony, 1953. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Print Committee 83.11. © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“It is through symbols that man consciously or unconsciously lives, works and has his being.”

Thomas Carlyle


Jompet Kuswidananto, Indonesia, Java Phantasmagoria, 2008, kinetic sound and video installation. Photograph Iola Lenzi. Enter a caption

Jompet Kuswidananto

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

Hans Hofmann

Pompeii 1959 by Hans Hofmann 1880-1966

Hans Hoffman, Pompeii 1959
© The estate of Hans Hofmann

Hans Hoffman, Pompeii 1959

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