Human figures amid swirling geometrics. Shields and spears and a looping tail whip. Crouched men and women staring into — and from — eternity. Colorful bursts of patterns conjuring at once life’s unbridled power and our fear-based need to appease and control it. Empty masks and the steadying touch of a woman’s hand on a man’s shoulder.
My mind was spinning at “East of the Wallace Line: Monumental Art From Indonesia and New Guinea” at Yale University Art Gallery. You can read more about the show in my review in the WSJ.