One of the experiences in art that never fails to excite and interest me is seeing evidence of the collective unconscious which leads artists in diverse media and diverse locations to be inspired by a similar muse. How is it possible that a ceramic artist in New Hampshire and a fiber artist on Whidbey Island in Washington State can be exploring similar territory, each with his or her own unique spin, stamp, and stitch? What informs the choice of color, shape, and composition? It amazed me when I was looking at my company's site, artfulhome.com, to see new work, and I found these very pieces sitting near each other, looking like cousins, like kindred spirits.
How is it possible that we as humans think alike, even when separate? How is it possible that men and women can start in very different places, visually, yet arrive in similar destinations? And why is it that certain visual cues cause a rise in so many of us? Is it learned or just part of the human experience? Are we all influenced by forces of nature that we are not aware of? I don't know, but it certainly intrigues me when I see it before my eyes.