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.

Enkantasyan

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.