“Social Units of Earth and Blood” by Scott Cook (Acrylic/Canvas 2′ x 3′)

Earth and Blood Art

Earth and Blood

Art can potentially enhance most aspects of life while bringing unknown or occulted phenomena to light.

Blood has a reputation in Art as a form of symbolism. The first take of blood is that it animates the veins of living things, and through the potential sacrificial outlet that it holds, it may facilitate a closer connection with other dimensions of existence.

Mesoamerican cultures have conducted rituals involving bloodshed.

Catholic ceremonies may involve the idea of transforming wine into the blood of Jesus Christ.

Artists have used blood in their various works to add a particular dimension to its presentation.

Blood has played a considerable role in religion and ritual, but in the world today, it has been assigned the representation of a disease carrier and a dangerous pathogen.

Many viewers find the bloodied work as off-putting, which is ironic given that blood is a common-denominator fluid that every human carries around within the body.

This perceived sickliness associated with blood is a reflection of the kind of attitude humans have been programmed to feel about their bodies, within and without.

This stigma happens as a distinct side effect of alienation, and it only shows that art incorporating blood use takes us back to the common denominator of our individual corporeality.

For artists who have used blood in their art, it represents the different set of problems (or solutions) that blood presented to them.

This attraction to blood by some artists is then a matter of risk-taking and not precisely that of convenience.

Blood in performance art may potentially constitute an idolatrous act, and the primary aim of the artist could be that of spiritual redemption. The idea may be that the artist will be substituting himself for the different idols or scapegoats. The artist may be projecting their concept of becoming a god, thus violating specific biblical prohibitions.

Blood, as seen and experienced in the context of art, purposefully achieved its role of expression, with its high aspects.

The use of blood in current art forms may be much more nuanced and abstract, while still alluding to some religious aspects, which will always deem it controversial.

A form of expression that one may consider spiritual is not necessarily always religious or ideological.

As a vital fluid that circulates throughout physical bodies, let it be a reminder of what we are and how we are participating in this life.

To perceive it as a pathogen of disease is a reflection of the human being, conditioned into a fundamental state of self-loathing always looking for an external subject of blame.

Let Blood represent the source of connection that will always seep through the illusions of the times.