SYLVIA HORWITZ photography

STANDING STONES

Exhibited with paintings by Peter Truran



ARTIST STATEMENT

The western fringes of Britain, Wales, and Cornwall remain the bastion of Celtic people who were displaced by Anglo-Saxon and Danish invaders from the richer lands of what is now England. A drive through this rugged, beautiful countryside with its narrow, walled roads and patchwork fields will reveal the remnants of an ancient pre-Celtic culture which spread from northern Spain, up through western and northern France, to the British Isles. Discretely placed signs point the way across fields, farms, and moorland to ritual sites erected over 5,000 years ago.

These stone structures, of which Stonehenge is one of the largest and most complex, impress us with their scale and with the evidence of a significant social organization required to construct them. They have the power to connect us with an essential humanity which marks the changing seasons and the rites of passage: fertility, birth, departure, and burial. These monuments confront us with the length of human history, the thousands of years of settlement and culture that existed before the building of the pyramids. We can understand how these stone circles, portal tombs, and monoliths have been preserved over the centuries. They possess a mysterious spiritual energy which commands respect.



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