One of the oldest creative activities of humans have been preserved in caves and on rocks, some dating back over 30,000 years. You can argue that Homo sapiens have evolved cognitively at an ingenious pace. But at the same time, you can also say that not much has changed. Looking at flattened, charming heads of mystic animals painted by Trent Christensen, a link between the rudimentary antiquity and visually bombarded modernity has surely not gone missing.
If Christensen is sent back in time with enough paint and colors, cave-dwelling ancestors would have worshipped these animals — not in a sense that they would have idolized the furry creatures as gods, but that they would have been filled with awe and wonder. More colorful than what the nature has bestowed, symbols are plentiful on the flat face of the artist’s critters. Seemingly naive, pastel-toned patterns amplify their significance.
If you think the hypothesis is a dangerous one, it just means that you understand the power of the children’s illustration book-esque appeal of Christensen’s paintings. Cuteness and innocence are met with a loaded folklore of strange modern tales.
Trent Christensen can be spotted in the red woods. He holds BFA from Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA). Explore his paintings on www.gentletrent.com.
All images courtesy of artist.