Above are some maps I made by connecting random dots and seeing what emerged. Mountains and a moray eel appear twice; two figures in the middle of the second map are either dancing or arguing with one another, I wasn't sure which. There's a neighborhood, two things that fly-- a kite and a bird, a flower and a seed, time in the form of an hourglass, math and geometric shapes, a jewel stone, ideas and a question mark.
Sternenfallen (Falling Stars), 1998
Aboriginal artists take an aerial view of life, looking down on the earth's surface, rather than up to the sky to explain their universe. They use a field of dots to document everything from crucial survival info such as directions, paths, and location of water, to spiritual concerns including the organization of ritual ceremonies, showing aerial views of seating plans and specifying attire for attendees. One work of art may contain creation stories, topographical features, genealogy, sounds, all recorded with lots of dots-- which, as I consider this painting, my maps, and the Kiefer, brings up a another question-- "What's up with with all the dots?".