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  • Minimal means, Complex meaning

    However I look at this image — with intuitive understanding, respectful logic, or measuring calculation — it eludes.  And that’s OK.

    From minimal light marking of the stone, a complex figure emerges.  A dot-dash vertical “body”; its base three-forked tail-legs-roots.  Above, a thin mark above an intersection of left and right extensions.  The figure’s left, a line spikes up then curves down ending with a loose circle. The figure’s right extension zig-zags and appears to terminate in a small natural opening.  Below, loose oval shapes may be related.  A lower double zig-zag appears older and may not be related to the figure.

    This bi-symmetrical figure, executed with clear intention, evades interpretation. A possible bio-form; perhaps a spirit being. The elegance of this image lies in its sparse articulation and implied power.  Minimal and complex.

    Petroglyph on basalt boulder, Lassen County, photo September 2018