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First showing of Sabbat at the Vine Arts Center Minneapolis, MN , July, 2016
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Sabbat, or The Dark Interpreter, De Quincey Dreams of Levanah and Our Ladies of Sorrow
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Sabbat, or The Dark Interpreter, De Quincey Dreams of Levanah and Our Ladies of Sorrow Painting

Roger Williamson

United States

Painting, Oil on Wood

Size: 48 W x 48 H x 2 D in

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Since the Middle Ages, until comparatively recently, a conjecture of public opinion held the view that visits of witches and warlocks to the Sabbat were a physical experience. In recent times this view has, by many, been transformed into a concept that attendance at the Sabbat is induced by hallucinogenic substances, ingredients often absorbed through the skin from the well known “flying ointment”. See Sacred Mushroom and the Cross by John M. Allegro for an illustration of this phenomena in Christian religious experience. The De Quincy connection provides another example of altered state religious experience induced by a mind altering substance leading to derangement of the senses. Thomas De Quincy’s book, Confessions of an English Opium Eater, is a detailed account of the day to day life of an early 19th century laudanum addict written in chronological style. However, in the chapter Levana and our Ladies of Sorrow we find a dramatic textual shift into one of a gnomic style that attempts to depict an alien phantasmagoric world. For DeQuincy, his soul guide into this realm is the Dark Interpreter, a symbolic representation of the substance of psychedelic revelations. In this world individuality is flayed away exposing raw primal soul integrated into the infinite.

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Painting:Oil on Wood

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Size:48 W x 48 H x 2 D in

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Roger Williamson is a visual artist, residing and creating in Minneapolis Minnesota. Born in Loughborough, England, in 1947 and growing up in Coventry he was inspired from an early age by the French Symbolist painters of late nineteenth century France, These artistic influences, in conjunction with his own esoteric upbringing and practical experiences of magick, mythology and dream control, form the matrix, a collective oeuvre upon which his paintings and writings are an extension. Using diverse creative media, whether painting or writing books, Williamson endeavors to develop techniques that materialize the sensuous dreaming experience into the language of the waking world. Aspiring to reintroduce mystery and ambiguity back into the adventure of human existence through the creative process, encouraging artistic audiences towards "living effulgent and invigorating lives, revitalized from the secretions of our subconscious." Roger Williamson is the creator of Tarot of the Morning Star deck and the author of The Sun at Night. Statement Art is an externalization of struggle to rationalize and give form to something not understood. The artist, like the oyster, is driven to externalize this conflict into the image of a pearl. I believe art should be appreciated through a viewer's individual intercourse with the work, allowing the image to speak for itself and not be prejudged by societies academic paradigms. This concept has close parallels to techniques first acquired in childhood, such as the ability to stare at clouds and see recognizable images arise and fall in the mind’s eye out of what initially was perceived as chaos. Through this technique, letting a work speak to a deeper self than the superficial mind involves the viewer in the creative process, their imagination evolves the artwork to another level. The work is no longer stationary but part of a wave as is nature herself.

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