J.F. Martel’s new book, Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice: A Treatise, a Critique, and Call to Action (Evolver Editions/North Atlantic Books), is a powerful invocation to return to what is arguably art’s central purpose, “to call us back to the source.”
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The practice of dream incubation is well documented
throughout the ancient world. Over the centuries, as the Church rose to power
and supplanted pagan social structures, spiritual leaders began pulling away
from the idea that dreams can contain wisdom, leading to a loss of this
important ability that is still practiced in indigenous societies.
For our book Women of Visionary Art, which was recently published by Inner Traditions, we interviewed 18 brilliant and extraordinarily talented female painters about how visionary experiences inspired and influenced their artwork. Here’s a sampling of selected quotes, and beautiful artwork, from the contributors to the book.