Thursday, March 15, 2012
This is the only art form I have ever experienced personally that feels more like praying than painting. All sense of ego slips away and by replicating these old symbols one is working alongside all mystic mark makers throughout time.
These above are a twist on Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs which originated in Germany. From the late 18th through early 20th centuries it was very common for the "Fancy Dutch" (i.e. not those who came to be called Mennonite or Amish) to have symbols painted on their barns that were protective and created blessings. The six petaled florette is among the oldest and most traditional designs.
My grandfather, who has some Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, cut these wooden wheels for me.