Pendulum

Conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12″ x 17″, 2013

The word pendulum can refer to the swinging part of a clock that acts to maintain and regulate movement. But the origin of the word comes from the latin, pendulus, hanging down. Our own gross (large) organs are concentrated in our chest, thorax, neck and head, and our appendages are largely composed of skeletal, muscular, adipose tissue, nerve, skin, etc. In the future, scientists will likely explore the implantation of sensory organs in our appendages to enhance our sensorial capacity. This will be especially useful in military applications.

Industrial Production

 

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Industrial Production, Blue Conté on Archival Printmaking Paper, approx. 18″ x 12″, 2013.

It’s 2016 and supermarkets in the United States sell eggs labeled “cage-free” at a premium over their “caged” equivalents. Most consumers think that the cage-free chickens enjoy a better life and are willing to pay more for this reassuring belief. But in fact we learn that cage-free chickens are given no more space than their caged brethren and as a result are routinely cannibalized. To make matters worse they are often eviscerated by their cloaca (vagina) because it is a soft target. Pigs are known to have social relationships and complex interior emotional lives. Yet we have dominated the species for our own benefit without regard to their interior lives.

 

Sigil

Robert Egert, Sigil, blue conté on printmaking paper, August 2012, LIC studio, 11" x 17"

Conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12″ x 17″, 2013

Sigils take their origin from ancient seals that were impressed into wax, clay or other soft materials to signify the authorization of the owner, much like a signature was used in paper documents. Sigils were particularly useful in preliterate or largely illiterate societies where it was necessary to communicate authorization or authenticity for legal, governmental or ecclesiastic purposes without recourse to written language. Animal-based sigils were often chosen to embody characteristics with which the owner wished to associate the family name. Over time sigils became stylized and often included complex patterns and use of distinctive colors. Ultimately, sigils morphed into heraldry and were incorporated into shields, weaponry, banners, pendants, clothes and other accoutrements.