Description Mayan Hieroglyphs Serti technique on silk.
In this piece I sought to create the feeling of a Mayan Stelae, the colors of stone softened and washed by time.
I will translate one of my favorite glyphs in this painting. It is in the cartouche at the center bottom. I’ll go from left to right. The first circle with the bright white edge, with a C above it and below it - is the moon, represented in 3 phases. It is pushing on the next small circle - the sun (which includes the Mayan hieroglyph word for sun in the artwork so we can’t misunderstand it). The sun edges up against a horizontal Y of sorts. The top half of the Y is heaven and sky and the bottom half is the earth (again it shows the Mayan words in the pictograph images). The sun (being followed by the moon) is pushing between the heavens and the earth. Once you know this picture, you will know the word the next time you see it painted or carved on a temple or stelae. Sunrise.
Pictographs evolved into hieroglyphs, so there is always a blend of the two in the later Mayan writing, with some meanings simply lost to us. Imagine in 2000 or 3000 years someone coming across a sign we have posted everywhere – a black bar with a wavy line near one end, a red circle around it, and a bar diagonally across it. They may believe, because of the frequency of its use, it must have been a high point in our civilization, possibly even something we may have worshiped. Non-Smoking. You had to be there. With many Mayan glyphs you had to be there to understand the image.
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Currently, I'm sculpting silver jewelry, inspired by the Rainforest and Reef, and loving playing with fire!
I paint, draw, sculpt. It's a requirement: like breathing. I’ve been following the equator these last 20 years, admittedly with a bit of a wobble, finding my imagination strongest between the 16 degrees north and the 16 degrees south mark.
Rainforest to reef. Beautiful and endangered tropical flora and fauna are my inspiration, but my finished painting come from something larger than I can create in the daylight hours. They arrive in dreams, complete, and usually with a story. Sometimes I believe it’s the equatorial pull, a tropical twist that draws the glass thread of creativity from my soul. But at other times I’m certain it’s a magic spell casts by the wildlife. Or the Gods of the ancient cultures whispering in my ear – paint this, see this, dream this. I don’t always understand the source, but I know it is my job to recreate what I’ve been given in my dream.
The Gallery pages show a bit of the work I’ve created while living in Honduras, Belize, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, and now the BVI. And ink drawings I’ve created while passing through, passing time, waiting on trains, planes, ferries, tuk tuks, and a camel. Nothing formal, but if you like, there’s more to see and read about my work and inspiration behind my paintings, at www.savannaredman.com.
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A quote I believe...
All true Art must help the soul realize the inner self...
True Art must be evidence of happiness, contentment and spirituality of its authors". - Gandhi