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.


Blue conté on printmaking paper, 2011

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

Cybernetics was originally posited as a method or analytic tool to describe closed-loop systems. Systems like these often exhibit characteristics of self regulation, presumably for the purpose of maintaining a steady state or near-steady state or equilibrium. The biosphere is arguably one such system, the feedback loop is maintained by a series of factors that operate in an interrelated manner including color and reflectivity of light, atmospheric gasses and their insulating effect, airborne particulates, weather patterns and cloud cover. It is not unreasonable to assume that global warming will result in a measured attempt by the biosphere to maintain a steady state.


Torasik, conté on printmaking paper, 2010-2011, approx. 12" x 23"

Torasik, Conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12″ x 23″, 2010-2011

A Klein Bottle is mathematical construction that takes the form of a three-dimensional object. The Klein Bottle has a single continuous surface that coterminously includes both interior and exterior surfaces. Apposite to the basic nature of evolutionary biology, the Klein Bottle is in fact a primitive model for capture, consumption and digestion.

Danse Enkantasyon

Dance Enkantasyon, conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12" x 23", 2010-2011

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

After drinking, the Count would annoy his subjects with his fiddle playing well into the night. The little people in fear stood by and feigned joy at the sound. Those closest would feel compelled to dance, especially after the public executions. Those further away would clap their hands mechanically while smiling like idiots.