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  • Animal Image, Animal Eye

    Images are bodies.  Animal images in art, religion, and dreams are not merely depictions of animals.  Animal images are also showing us images as animals. … If the world presents itself in expressive shapes like animals, then there must be an eye that can see shapes, as animals. To read lines on the face of the world we need animal eye. This eye not only sees man as animal but by means of the animal, seeing each other with an animal eye.  To this eye, image and type appear together. … The animal eye perceives and reacts to the animal image in the other.  James Hillman [1]

    What is this talisman of color, this singular virtue of the visible that makes it, held at the end of the gaze, nonetheless much more than a correlative of my vision, such that it imposes my vision upon me as a continuation of its own sovereign existence? How does it happen that my look, enveloping them, does not hide them, and, finally, that, veiling them, it unveils them? Maurice Merleau-Ponty [2]

    In this darkling season: Animal Images:  Petroglyphs from places in the Pahranagat region of southeast Nevada

    [1] James Hillman. 1986.  Egalitarian Typologies versus the Perception of the Unique, 55-56. 1986.   (above from an extended in excerpt in Blue Fire 68-69.
    [2] Maurice Merleau-Ponty. 1961 (trans 1968).  The Visible and the Invisible: The Intertwining—The Chiasm, 30-55. 
    Hillman’s sentence: “Animal images are also showing us images as animals” may be considered a chiasmus, a cross-over, a mirroring intertwining.