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Forgotten Languages by Heather Alley

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oils & acrylics

18″ x 24″ x 2″

The quote for this work:

“Archaeologists have not yet discovered any stage of human existence without art. Even in the half-light before the dawn of humanity we received this gift from Hands we did not manage to discern. Nor have we managed to ask: Why was this gift given to us and what are we to do with it?
And all those prophets who are predicting that art is disintegrating, that it has used up all its forms, that it is dying, are mistaken. We are the ones who shall die. And art will remain. The question is whether before we perish we shall understand all its aspects and all its ends.
Not all can be given names. Some of them go beyond words. Art opens even the chilled, darkened heart to high spiritual experience. Through the instrumentality of art we are sometimes sent—vaguely, briefly—insights which logical processes of thought cannot attain.
Like the tiny mirror of the fairy tale: you look into it and see—not yourself—but for one fleeting moment the Unattainable to which you cannot leap or fly. And the heart aches…
Dostoyevsky once let drop the enigmatic phrase: “Beauty will save the world.” What does this mean? For a long time it used to seem to me that this was a mere phrase. Just how could such a thing be possible? When had it ever happened in the bloodthirsty course of history that beauty had saved anyone from anything? Beauty had provided embellishment certainly, given uplift—but whom had it ever saved? “

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

A collection of pictographs from the Mexico
regional native peoples spanning over a few centuries. The main figure is from
the 17th century for example, the moon in all its phases, from a later date. Every
line in the entire work is actually a snippet of an ancient language. I mixed all the
ones I liked [ read: remembered] together, and came up with this painting.
I want to teach, and
remind the soul in each person my work may encounter. Either to wake them to
something within themselves (reaction), or to re-mind them of something they
have forgotten from the symbolic images (resonance) I use.
All the symbols in this work speak to the universe, love, faith and family. Good Stuff.

I paint, write, sing and sculpt whatever I want whenever I want. The end.

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    BLYTHARTover 6 years ago

    Wow … a reat painting AND a Solzhenitsyn quote … cool.

  • Heather Alley
    Heather Alleyover 6 years ago

    Yeah, I’m a word-aholic. Text and language are the base of every work. First the words, then the artwork. I have a lot of books because of that. :) Thanks for commenting.

  • DVEN
    DVENover 6 years ago

    awesome i love how your paintings derive from words of inspiration great work

  • blamo
    blamoover 6 years ago

    So very well depicted ………….

  • Heather Alley
    Heather Alleyover 6 years ago

    Thank you Damien and blamo both. I appreciate you taking the time to look at my work, it means a lot to me.

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks so much! I am honored to be part of such an incredible group of artists. :)

    – Heather Alley

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearalmost 5 years ago

  • Wow, too freaking cool, thanks!!

    – Heather Alley

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks so much. I had a lot of fun working on this. :)

    – Heather Alley

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 3 years ago
    would look perfect



    please consider…thanking you

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