Collection Western Canadian Wilderness
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08. Ancient Retrievals; Wood Buffalo Park, Alberta, Canada

4’ x 4’ recycled wood panel, sawed rounds of forested wood, acrylic

In this painting ancient Neolithic and Canadian imagery references integrate; where wild buffalo once roamed is now a stationary reference to a limited area, Wood Buffalo Park. The central circle echoes Neolithic life giving symbols even perhaps the shrine grave. Levels of polyvalent interpretation emerge from imagery juxtapositions. The bear foot marks amidst the luminous blue are reminiscent of the grand aurora of northern skies yet the beauty of its luminosity emits an almost ominous glow. Bear tracks circle the buffalo; illustrating the matter of time. The birch tree is painted in acrylic; the tree ends are sawed off circles of forest wood.

Western Canadian Wilderness.
University of Alberta, Forestry Department

Public Collection

This is the final post of the series, Meet the Artist Eisert Hall prior to her interview with CiTR Radio Station. Follow this site to listen to the interview broadcast.

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MEET THE ARTIST EISERT HALL – Part 7 – Continuing Ancient Retrievals…

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07. Ancient Retrieval Series, Encoded Memory; Ecofeminist Projects1988 – 98
Divine Signs
28” x 32,” acrylic paint, paper

After drawing, woodblock printing, working with concepts and imagery to perceive, know, understand through body, mind, memory; these art works were created spontaneously.

Resident of Malcolm Island, British Columbia, Canada, 1995 to present. Ecofeminist concepts, imagery, research and artwork began in Edmonton, late 1980s and continued to present.

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Ancient Retrievals – Meet the Artist – Eisert Hall Part 6

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Ancient Retrieval Series, Encoded Memory; Ecofeminist Projects1988 – 98
Life Columns and Regeneration Images
4’x 5,’ acrylic paint, canvas, prints

All images represented in these woodblock prints are from ancient matristic origin. The upper band dates to early 4th millennium, B.C… similar images have been found dating to 30,000 years ago. These engravings are found on stone columns, located off the coast of Brittany in passage grave shrines and also in grave shrines of Ireland and other countries. An obstacle to the study of this ancient culture has resulted from assumption that the culture would be a mirror image of our own. Researcher J.J Bachofen, of the 20th century stated, “the scholar must be able to renounce the ideas of his own time and transfer himself to the mid point of a completely different world of thought.” To admit this difference however, is difficult.
Civilization of the Goddess; the World of Old Europe, Social Structure M.Gimbutas

Installation / Exhibitions
North Island College, Sointula, Malcolm Island, British Columbia, Canada
Manitoba Printmakers Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Malaspina Printmakers Association. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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05.Ancient Retrievals.01993
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Ancient Retrieval Series, Encoded Memory; Ecofeminist Projects 1988 – 98
Installation: 9’ x 18’ painting print, sculpture, 5’ and 6’
Canvas is stained and painted in a quasi Modernist 20th century manner. Ancient Neolithic non deciphered script has been carved into wood blocks which are painted and used to print on the canvas. Space time present and past are collapsed by this mirroring effect.
Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Selected Out of Ten Projects
Wood Buffalo Park Artist Residency Project, Residence on site, Western Canadian Wilderness, to protect Old Boreal Forest, Alberta, Canada; Public Collection
Believing is Seeing Both Sides, Installation, The Works, Royal Bank window 9’ x 15’ woodblock print on paper, Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada;
Cosmologies Installation & Writing Drawing on Wall & Wash Performance, Installation, Paint Spot, White Ave. Edmonton Alberta, Canada; Parthenogenesis Installation, Collaboration, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Big Rock & Arroyo Performance Event; Installation, Collaboration, Museum of Contemporary Art Grounds; Santa Fe, N.M. USA; Fringe Festival, Edmonton Alberta, Canada; Selected; “Pick of the Fringe,”

Award, Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism

Information from Joseph Campbell, The language of the Goddess, Marija Gimbutas, emeritus professor of European Archaeology, UCLA

“Rosetta Stone… establish(s) a glossary of hieroglyphic signs … classification and descriptive interpretation of some two thousand symbolic artifacts from the earliest Neolithic village sites of Europe c.7000 to 3500 B.C. Marija Gimbutas has been able …prepare fundamental glossary of pictorial motifs… keys to the mythology of that… undocumented era, but also to establish on the basis of these interpreted signs the main line and themes of a religion in veneration, both of the universe as the living body of a Goddess-Mother Creator; and of all the living things within it as partaking of her divinity a religion, one … perceives…”

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Triptychs Series 1985-87
The Bride, detail ; Pascal & the Wilderness, Tree of Life; Tree of Death; Angels, Bride I & II, & Pascal;
4 triptychs each, 8’ x 8’
The Bride 1985 Copyright © Eisert Hall
“…the present culture is caught between ages. This results in discomfort even confusion. As I create these works I am aware of a struggle in my own integration. The future struggling with the past, the mind wanting the spirit as integral; emotions stilled by a question that emerges from the process of creation. I do not see my own multi level struggle as a solitary quest; it is a quest resulting from an age that is demanding a more total integration. Room is being made for both the mystic and the scientist…” Excerpt, Eisert Hall Notes, 1985
Inspiration: Patterson Ewen, Mural painting, 1981, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Residencies intermittent; New York 1984-5, Research; New York; Marcel Duchamps, a urinal, “Fountain;” Robert Rauschenberg, Paintings, Combine works; Claus Oldenberg and Coose van Bruggan, soft sculptures of utilitarian electronic objects, ; 12th century Italy, Cimabue, Duccio, Massacio, Uffizi Gallery; Leighton Artist Centre 1985, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Exhibitions; 1990- 91 Works Festival; Edmonton, Alberta Canada; 1987 Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada;
1991- 92 Combine Paintings, 2’x 4’ Design Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada;
1989, Dialogue Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 1989 Neopersona, New York, USA

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A EISERT ChoiceSay,See.Hea. Do Noth.PB033556-001 (1) (1)
Powers 1984 Copyright © Eisert Hall

“The man described for us, whom we are invited to free, is already in himself the effect of subjection much more profound than himself. A ‘soul’ inhabits him and brings him to existence…the soul is the effect and instrument of political anatomy; the soul is the prison of the body.”
― Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

This interactive installation presented three large paintings. Only one of the three is shown here: Choice: See, Hear, Say Do Nothing; 9 X 16 feet;
Other paintings: The Prisoner’s Story, 9 x 25 feet; And Powers, 9 x 16 feet. Text of Stanford University Experiment, 1971 and reflecting surfaces posted.

Inspiration: Community life, perception, observation, studies and reflection.
Books: Michel Foucault: The Birth of the Prison; Aldus Huxley, 1984.
Volunteer work, Correctional Institute, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Sociology Studies, University of Lethbridge; Residency in New York and travel to Rome, Florence, Italy. Research: Museums, Cathedrals, Uffizi Gallery, Florence; Medieval Painters generally including Cimabue, Duccio.

Exhibition: Peace Conference, Montreal.

Supported by Canada Council Award

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This is a biography and autobiography of the art work of Eisert Hall, a Canadian artist.  Eisert is an award winning Canadian artist living off the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada.

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1978 Environments Within & Without – Communication Centres

Artist´s Comment

This two dimensional collage photograph shows one of seven box puppet centers of Eisert Hall’s interactive installation, the first of its kind exhibited at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Curator, Allan McKay, Inspiration: Toronto, 1958 / 64; New York, 1969 / 70, Canada Council Award.

From  M. McLuhan, The Medium is the Message.

 When information is simultaneous from all directions at once, the culture is auditory and tribal regardless of its past or its concepts.”

‘Environments are not passive wrappings, but active processes which work us over completely, massaging the ratio of the senses and imposing their silent assumptions. But environments are invisible. Their ground-rules, pervasive structure, and overall patterns elude easy perception.

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