The artefacts that make up the altar were conceived in a period of ritual isolation devoted to the initiatory icon of the Opposer. During the Via Solitudes, the creative process took on the dark cloak of the extreme limits of the astral plane, and it became a possessive and pulsating dance. As the mist cleared, and the artist slowly separated from the art, it became apparent that two solid objects had congealed from the wordless songs. Together the items make up a spirit continuum called Juju Baal.
Drawing from personal lineage, the pieces contain the soil of my forefathers and the tools of their trade. The passing of these personal objects from the artist to his peers constitutes the formation of a magical lineage. Not a tutelary linage from master to apprentice, but rather a bond of a fraternal nature. By exchanging an intimate charge we create pathways in the Great Dragon and cause an increase in the potential of our living network, which is the only viable conduit for a tradition of initiatory magic. – Michael Idehall
A sorcerer does not need to glance twice at the painting to notice the whirling symmetries on its surface. It is a veritable doorway to the realm of spirits. There appears to be a martial tendency among the spirits that tend to its dimensions, but the war they speak of is not fought with swords and spears, but with cunning and intent.
Sometimes a paquet can act as a receptacle collecting some essential aspect of a force, or as an interface to a specific divinity, but the paquet of Juju Baal is more of an intrusion into our realm. The spirits that inhabit it thrust themselves into the world and forcefully took shelter in the bottle. Surrounding matter arranged and attached itself to its surface. If the painting can be said to constitute a mirror or gateway, then the paquet is the guardian, the holder of keys.
Glass bottle, rope, rosary, acrylics, oil, wire, linoleum shavings, glue, crochet hooks, yarn.