|21st Century Mystical Art|
Arcanumism (arcane + mysticism): used to describe a method of artistic expression
wherein there are four styles of communicating the mystical aesthetic.
Imbued = from the imagination; imaginary, newly inspired.
Altered = that which exists is changed to emphasize the context.
Portrayed = that which is representational, as moving towards symbolic; a found object of significance.
Transferred = where the work is an existing form(s), or object(s), utilized as a metaphor; metaphorical.
The last category best describes a majority of installations. The axiom, "A thought is a thing and a mood is a place" is the key combining both physical reality and the mystical quality. It is inherent in the hidden unity of Middle-Eastern mysticism and Western occultism.
If one's purpose is to connect with a particular culture, one must use the symbols that are inherent in the group mind.- Zoharo DeTafalla-
(See Arts Dialogue - December, 1995 - p.9 & 10.)
Glass eye - as an example of
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