Artist Lindy Kehoe’s child-styled artwork Serendipity Circus, pictures a semi-visionary dynamic, innocent and joyful moment of children and animals on rowdy, surreal parade in a garden. Her illustrative style is similar to Mark Chagall. She told Mindprint Art: “Chagall has represented a brother to me, in the dream-like trance state I experience when I paint, and when I saw his works first-hand. I have a deep fascination with tracing our hidden roots in etymology, and unveiling patterns and codes that flow from creation and creatives in the collective.” Some time ago she wrote of being ‘immersed in my own mythology… alive in a living story… attempting to weave the fabric of an old tapestry… wanting to be seen, heard, remembered; a story-keeper… to tell a Lemurian fairy-tale of heaven and earth… bringing alive the mythos of others through illustration… to conceive guardians we need, to protect our innocent courage… [in] the multi-dimensional holographic landscapes of dream-time.’
Type Label; Character (archetypal features):
1 Builder; Peacock (bird) on one leg (twist). And cat E.
2c Basket; Vine (weave) with pods (containers, cluster). And cats A, C, and D. And peacock feathers. And trumpet (container). C-types are off the axial grid, but between specific axes.
3 Queen; Tree-cat B (queen?) tall (neck long).
4 King; Vine leaf–eye A, one of two (twins).
5a Priest; Leaf eye.
5b Priest; Rabbit, violet (colour, not counted here due to abundance) with cymbals (priest, hyperactive) leading parade (assembly).
5c Basket Tail; Rabbit’s cymbals (discs). And rabbit fluffy tail (tail).
6 Exile; Tortoise (reptile).
7 Child; Snake (‘rope’, unfold).
7g Gal.Centre; Dog’s forepaws (limb joints, path).
8 Healer; Dog (canid) jumping (bent forward).
9c Basket Lid; Red fly agaric mushrooms (disc, lid) of trance (trance, reveal). And mushrooms (disc). And sea star (lid).
10 Teacher; Seed pods? And dog-tail (canid) as a serpent (snake), waving a stick (staff) in parade (carousel).
11 Womb; Mother giraffe midriff (womb).
12 Heart; Drummer clown child marching.
13 Heart; Mother giraffe chest (heart).
13c Basket Head; Elf (oracle) child with cap (hat, lid) picking inverted vine (tree). And candy-striped mountain peak cap. And cats G and H.
14 Mixer; Trumpeter (time, see Midsummer marker below) marching (dance), with feathers (angel) and peacock (bird) and banner, near the centre (ingress), left eye. And cat F.
15 Maker; Trumpeter marching (rampant, order), large face (face), right eye, with feathers (winged), with banner (sceptre, order). And heart on banner staff (sceptre) with motto (order). And sun face (face).
Axial centre; Trumpeter’s elbow (limb-joint).
4p Gal.S.Pole; Standard staff base (juncture).
11p Gal.Pole; Drummer child’s jaw (limb-joint).
Midsummer; Trumpeter’s jaw (limb-joint).
Midwinter; Unmarked. The solstice axle is on the vertical plane. These markers place midsummer between 14-15, analogous to Cancer-Gemini, thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Aries-Pisces, typical of many works made in Age Pisces, particularly towards the end of Age Pisces (which ended in 2016).
Some themes interlock
Kehoe’s Serendipity Circus artwork has an unusually large number of general themes, indicated by extra features of nine types:
3 Queen, typical of long necks (here seven cats and a giraffe), spring (garden);
4 King, of sun, bird, field;
5 Priest, of colours, ritual (parade), hyperactive, assembly, reptile (tortoise, snake), winged (two birds, trumpeter’s feathers);
6 Exile, of horns (caps, and cats’ vine-horns), reptile (tortoise, snake), tree (garden);
7 Child, of bag (two flags), juvenile (two children, young animals);
8/9 Healer, of pillars (tree-cats), disc (turtle, sea-stars);
10 Teacher, of raised arms (of rabbit, two children, dove and elf child), staff (two flag-posts), hunt-master (noise flushing out animals), guard (parade), ecology (fauna and flora), carousel (parade circle);
14 Mixer, of time (serendipity in the title), transform (trumpeter as bird, animals as musicians), tree (garden), felid (many cats), reptile (turtle, snake), dance (parade);
15 Maker, of rampant posture (marching), or order (flags and parade).
Yet another general theme is the four transitional fields, off the axial grid but between specific axes:
2c Basket, of weave (here feathers and vines), instrument (trumpet, drum, cymbals, flags), hat (caps, bells); and its opposite 9c Basket Lid, of discs (cymbals, turtle, sea-stars);
5c Basket Tail, of trees or herbs (garden); and its opposite 13c Basket Head of oracles (sigil on the tortoise back).
Expressing a large number of general themes is typical of visionary, trance, mescaline, psilocybin, ayahuasca or DMT art, often at the cost of leaving some individual character features at minimalist levels. Thematic integration indicates artistic and probably individual maturity.
General themes reveal that nature and culture tend to re-use certain slightly ambiguous features (particularly reptile, bird, felid, horns) in expressions of overlapping themes; while other ambiguous themes, such as equid, are reserved for other works.
- Structuralist features of expression are universal, and subconscious to artists, architects, builders, crafters and members of any culture.
- See similar themes and styling in mushroom or psilocybin art in other posts on http://www.mindprintart.wordpress.com
- See similar themes and styling by Chagall in forthcoming posts.
- See archetypal structuralist analysises of artworks in styles associated with mushrooms, child cartoons, sugar or candy, fairies, mescaline, ayahuasca, and DMT, on http://www.mindprintart.wordpress.com and on http://www.stoneprintjournal.blog