Vaseaux Lake pictographs


My own art work is keeping me preoccupied these days, especially with the exhibition coming up in November, so today I’m being a lazy blogger. May I point you to a link provided once again by reader Bill Knight in a recent comment.

Have a look at the pictographs of Vaseux Lake in the southern interior of British Columbia. They are beautiful examples of the rock paintings of the native peoples of these areas dating back about 1800 to 2000 years.

Best of all, I love what Bill wrote about his thoughts about ancient rock art:
I would like to edge closer to this mystery, communion and communication practice. To write upon the earth itself, that act is a focus for contemplation. It is to submit to the relative permanence of great stone mountains and bluffs, while facing how brief and transient a human life is. Painful perhaps, but sustaining as well.

I believe even contemporary stone sculpture carving disregards the rock’s age and connection to the great vast ages and spaces, favoring an involvement with distractions of process, illusion and conceit of design. Sculpture is worked out of quarry-stone with predictable and regular physical characteristics. The rock becomes stone; a material, a sort of plastic substance.

[…] There is an interesting difference, though between “rock” and “stone”. I had never heard of the term “rock art” before coming to your site.

Thank you, Bill, for expressing a feeling that I’ve long had about my strange attraction for rock art. (Oh, and the “rock art” term isn’t mine of course – it’s generally used by most people to speak about ancient petroglyphs, pictographs, petroforms, standing stones or megaliths, etc.)
(Edited Sept.22)

September 21, 2005 in Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology by Marja-Leena