Although impressionistic in a rudimentary way, upon second glance, the scratches begin to take form, suggesting that the artist might have been trying to depict a variety of animal life. Looking at something like this is not unlike gazing at cloud formations and envisioning all sorts of heavenly sculpture. The image in the upper left-hand corner, for example, appears to be that of a parrot holding a large seed in his beak. Just below that, one could perceive the curved lines to be the outline of a tortoise, and below that, a pair of gophers or prairie dogs seem to be playfully running toward one another.
July 26th, 2003