Messages from the Past
Messages from the past in the form of petroglyphs, pictographs, and stela are found extensively in North, Central and South America. These are sometimes classified together as rock art . The Maya written form of communication was well developed, and much of it has been interpreted. Petroglyphs and pictographs may tell a story or be for decoration or amusement. No formally written Inca language has ever been discovered; however, they were able to communicate through the use of knotted strings known as khipu or quipu. They consist of a thick inner cord from which dangle hundreds of thinner strings. These strings have clusters of knots and may have additional dangling strings. The strings may also be colored. These messages were read visually and by running the fingers along the rows of knots. Although a few were translated by the Inca for early Spanish conquerors, the strings themselves were destroyed because they were declared evil. There is a considerable effort being made to find the coexistence of a string message and a written translation.
The two paintings on this page utilize symbols from Indians of the southwest and images from the Maya. The Maya painting is of a color representing the walls at some of the ruins in Guatamala and Honduras. There is an actual Maya date along one side of the painting.
THERE ARE TWO IMAGES ON THIS PAGE
36" x 36" Acrylic, gel, and pumice on Canvas
30" x 36" Acrylic, gel, and pumice on Canvas