Perception perceives itself, loses its capacity for representational detail and gives way to transformative experiential innovation and change.
As human social experience changed, religious experience changed. Shamanism was, initially, the religion of hunter-gatherers and the earliest type of recorded religious activity. Gwyn Joy’s pieces are based on his experiences with the Tlingit Indian tribe, which still maintains the shamanic tradition.
The purpose of shamanism is often to attain a trance-like state in order to travel into the spirit realm in order to gain help or assistance for ailing members of one’s society or one’s entire community itself. Shamans also were able to use various characteristics of the animal world to aid in their spirit journeys and their battles in the spirit realm. Joy presents many pieces apparently showing the shaman in the spirit realm incorporating the characteristics of a powerful animal in various types of adventures.
If you wait long enough and pack enough cells into a small area will the spiritual emerge? Was Buddha right – do all organisms contain a Buddha nature? What emergent meta-biological potential is there in bundles or repetitions of cells? Kim also paints huge scrolls of repeating small spheres in circular patterns which have to remind one of Kusama.
The ever-repeating patterns are a type of surrogate for the eternal. They become a type of idealized concept we can superimpose on a universe of decay and decomposition.