this point, be aware of the ancient Chinese story of the
artist Wu Tao Tzu who was commissioned by the Emperor to paint
composition on a wall of the palace. He included mountains,
forests, birds and animals, he painted snow and clouds and all
as nature and when the Emperor stood admiring the work Wu
Tao Tzu indicated a small doorway painted in the side of one of
Wu Tao Tzu invited the Emperor to enter and encounter even
more marvels within, and so the artist entered first and as he
to the Emperor to follow, the door closed and Wu Tao Tzu
was never seen again. Incidental Transference. http://www.qut.edu.au/arts/acad/exhibition/cat.html.
"The (Seri) shaman,
called ko'te, becomes initiated by entering into a mountain cave, which,
according to the local belief, consists of a 'solid rock.' However, the
initiate manages to create an opening by painting a recondite symbol on
the rock's surface." M. Rapinsky-Naxon, Nature of Shamanism:
Substance & Function of a Religious Metaphor. Albany, NY.,
feeling for shapes
feeling for forms hidden beneath
Wu Tao-tzu's nature,
where Man's landscape is
trees, clouds, birds,
gripped by thinking.
then one, then another, lets go
to where emptiness
is Wu Tao-tzu's art.
J. Weishaus, "Feeling
has: G. Agemben, Language and Death: The place
of Negativity. Minneapolis, MN., 1991. p.46. "The
killing takes place at the moment that language intervenes. Once
murdered by abstraction, however, the animal's vitality ceases
to adhere to its semantic body. Henceforth, as word, the 'dog'
ceases to die empirically, while, as representation, it continues
to die repeatedly." A.M.
Lippit, Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife.
Minneapolis, MN., 2000. p.46.
voice: "It might be said that these
modulations of sound carry some connection with the nature of the
things they represent, and are not merely arbitrary; because the
natural cries of animals, even if those animals with whom we have
not been acquainted, never fail to make themselves sufficiently
understood; this cannot be said of language." E.
Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas
of the Sublime and Beautiful. Notre Dame, IN., 1958. p. 84.