“. . .the patience and loneliness on the road to ecstasis.”
That melancholia has a long history in art and magic came as small surprise. The immobility melancholy produces is akin to contemplation, the patience and loneliness on the road to ecstasis. But what is different between the aspirant and the artist? Perhaps the surrender in the wake of zeal is different than the surrender of melancholy. A difference perhaps of intent: thinking and intending towards gods versus towards… something less tangible?
“Magic and her metaphors blend seamlessly with Art’s . . .”
Art for me is a window into possibility, forever demonstrating the world is bigger than we can imagine. Magic becomes a component of Art and from the first moment of that recognition I have incorporated magic and its technologies into my Art. Magic and her metaphors blend seamlessly with Art’s, revealing a relation to Nature that joins the human to its environment, showing a consciousness, a being that is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts.
Jesse Bransford, Magic Circle (For R.B.), 2019, Dimensions Variable, Acrylic paint and varnish on floor, Installation at The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick, Cleveland, OH