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Sympathetic Hunting Magic

Niall Donaghy, Shelly Rahme

with Gil McElroy

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"The review of the historical significance of Paleolithic cave paintings often references an anthropological theory that Paleolithic peoples believed in and practiced forms of magic, in particular ""sympathetic hunting magic,"" which posits that images of animal art painted on walls were intended to compel the world to magically improve the hunt. The theory is often disputed by contemporary scholars and it is argued that perhaps the opposite is true; that these paintings expressed an understanding that the world cannot be compelled into action. It is in this context that recent work by sculptors Niall Donaghy and Shelly Rahme can be viewed. Donaghy's WWII B-29 bomber scale version cannot of itself serve to avert nuclear destruction; Rahme's ""river"" of kitchen knives cannot reduce the turbulent flow of water against rocks."

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Gil McElroy is a poet and artist. He is the author of four books of poetry, and winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award.
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