Since the dawn of time humans have attempted to show what their eyes cannot see but their secret Self did. Cave drawings, ancient half human half animal figures, hieroglyphs-all are mere representations of what our ancestors thought the higher worlds are. We call it shamanic art, visionary art even psychedelic but no matter the word we chose to define this type of art, the idea is the same: to rise above the physical realm.
Although am not really impressed with digital art for the simple reason that it’s shallow and most of the digital artists tend to challenge only their technical skills, there is one artist that uses divine force for inspiration and also seems to lose himself during the creative process and he goes by the name of Trip Morris. The aim of his art is to show what lies beyond the boundary of the sight and using the images of dreams and trances he is presenting the umbilical points between our realm and the others.
If other artists can call their art universal, Trip goes beyond that and with the use of the occult and mysticism he creates a multiverse of realms where deities and alchemy merge together. His mission is to make the soul understandable to the viewers and if our culture as a whole teaches us perception via science, Trip’s art encourages the expansion of our inner sight.
“To find the visionary realm, we use the intuitive inner eye: The eye of contemplation; the eye of the soul. All the inspiring ideas we have as artists originate here.” Beaux Arts Magazine. Trip’s art is visionary and sacred, it has mystic syllables, sacred writing-same type that early scribes and shamans received during their trances. He sees the artist as the shaman of the new world and these sacred archetypes are given a new form through the work of art and his focal point is only his devotional energy.
“Imagine having your body dismembered by demons or ancestral spirits; your bones cleaned, the flesh scraped off, the body fluids thrown away, and your eyes torn from their sockets, but set aside so that you may watch the entire procedure. It is only after such a purgative experience that shamans are said to obtain the powers of shamanistic healing.
Then they are given new flesh and the spirits instruct them in magical arts. They experience the gods of the heavens; they learn to find the souls of sick men who have wandered or been carried by demons away from their bodies. They learn how to guide the soul of the dead to their new abode; and they add to their knowledge by regular association with higher beings.
Shamans are said to “die” and return to life many times. They know how to orient themselves in the unknown regions they enter during their ecstasy. They learn to explore the new planes of existence their experiences disclose. “ – Shamanistic Traditions-William James
His inner world is the only true source of meaning and aspiration he has, and art is his true life. Art’s key calling in his own personal drama is that of the “Great Alchemyst” that merges one realm over another and yet managing to show it to our world in a very convincing and coherent way.
“A person does not reach the pinnacle of self-realization without relentlessly exploring the parameters of the self, exhausting their psychic energy coming to know oneself. Without society to rebel against and to sail away from, there would be no advances in civilization; there would be no need for healers and mystics, priests and artist, or shaman and writers.
It is our curiosity and refusal to be satisfied with the status quo that compels us to challenge ourselves to learn and continue to grow. We only establish inner peace of mind with acceptance of the world, with the recognition of our connection to the entirety of the universe, and understanding that chaos and change are inevitable.
We must also love because without love there are no acts of creation. Without love, humankind is a spasmodic pool of brutality and suffering. Love is a balm. It cures human aches and pains; it unites couples, families, and cultures. Love is a creative force, without love there is no art or religion. Art expresses thought and feelings, an articulation of adore and reverence.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls