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. Ill 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 cant 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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Savanna Redman, British Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement I'm inspired by nature, wildlife, travel and ancient cultures; creating art while traveling and living in Honduras, Belize, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, and now the British Virgin Islands. SavannaRedman.com
Artist and author, may sound like an odd combination but like most creatives, my muse hand delivers inspiration to be modeled or hatched in several mediums. Some find their muse delivers music and poetry. Mine delivers stories in an image to paint or draw, like a scrap of film on the cutting room floor, via dreams and lucid daydreams. Each story comes with its own medium, paint, ink or sometimes sculpting in various media. And always, I’ve written creative stories along with the painting. But I didn’t take it serious, my paintings and ink drawings were my focus, until I moved to Mae Nam Thailand for a year and my box of art supplies took a solo tour of Asia. So with only my carry on and notebook in hand, words became my new creative medium.
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