The absence of an expected object, person,
plant, or animal in a picture, or the absence of all pictorial representation
may also represent the holy or divine.
Ancient Christian art often depicted an empty throne on which perhaps lay a folded
purple robe or a book as a symbol of the invisible presence of God. In mosques the empty prayer niche represents
the presence of Allah. Buddha apparently was not iconically represented in early Buddhist art in accordance with
the theory of “emptiness” and the radically negative transcendence of the aim of salvation,
The rejection of a picture as a means of representing the holy also is a symbolical
way of positively asserting the presence of God.
“Lost Faces” explores the musical
possibilities of objects without any clear physical appearance.
This music was made with CM/CLM
on SGI-workstations. The duration of Lost Faces is 14’27”
I live in a big city
from my house - a walk
along streets passing
corners where paths meet
Further towards the center
at times distracted
from the neck and down
no faces -- no faces