An otherworldly experience

IMAG2219Human 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.

Ritual horse-serpent with riggers from Flores, Indonesia on view at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Ritual horse-serpent with riders from Flores, Indonesia on view at the Yale University Art Gallery.

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.

Korwar figures from western New Guinea at Yale university Art
Korwar figures from western New Guinea at Yale university Art

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