Summer Kathryn White, Contact
Acrylic on Wood
20 X 20"
Statement from the artist:
Ouija boards first surfaced around 1891. A time when death from childbirth, disease and war were extremely prevalent and the average life span was 50 years old. This created a fierce and unified hunger for insight into the future as well as contact with the multitude of loved ones who had gone away. It offered people mysterious experiences of bridging the material world with the immaterial, connecting them with something beyond the conscious mind.
Psychologists attribute the profound quality of these ouija board happenings to automatic muscular movements that take place without conscious will or volition also known as “the ideometer effect”. This lends the primary platform to the vast unfiltered plane of subconscious intelligence.
In a year where over 200,000 people have died in the United States alone from the same disease, it appears that the same hunger stirs within the collective to perceive the uncertain future as well as to connect with the innumerable lost ones. October is known across cultures as a time when the boundary is thin between the living and the dead, the conscious and subconscious, creating ripe conditions for contact between them.
This piece is a part of the Superstitions Virtual Group Show. All pieces will be shipped directly from the artists, and we will notify you once they have shipped.