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  • Dwelling in a world of boundaries

    The eye and mind map surfaces, terrain, with borders and intersections. We imagine. The camera frames, including, excluding, with crisp delineation.  Descriptions and representations of rock art invoke boundaries, defining context.  But is rock art boundaried?  Bound by what terms? By what forms, lines or edges? The word bound originated in an old Norse word meaning to dwell.  Perhaps dwell spoke of a bounded space, a place of binding or of bonding.

    Petroglyphs mark place or sometimes suggest territories or traversals.  Some carved or pecked lines on stone seem to divide, delineate, or move across.   Some appear to move through to the other side, toward an unknown, an otherworld that disrupts the comfort of dwelling.

     "Unified Field Theory" A petroglyph panel from Lake County Petroglyphs East of Abert Rim