Oracle was created from the same log used on the Dialogue print series. Once again, this comes from ideas of Chinese Zen calligraphy and its precursor, the oracle bones that ancient Chinese shamans would use in their divination practices. There is a lot of writing about the relationship between humans, language and the natural environment that I have come across over the years. There appears to be a direct correlation between the division of the idea of human and nature and the more abstract language has gotten, especially from the oral tradition.

This installation was created as a form of reliquary or shrine for the natural object which was created by the objects own “image”. The arrangement reads both architecturally as well as naturally (i.e. a forest) due to the expressiveness of the print. The log is further incorporated in the installation as a seat for a single viewer to meditate upon the image, the installation environment and even his or herself.

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Jake Weigel is Lecturer of Sculpture and Director of the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas. He writes for International Sculpture Center and other publications in addition to curatation and exhibiting his personal art.