Magic Bird Rock
by Eric Whollem
India ink on paper
Collection of the artist
Copyright by the artist
The Birds of the Petroglyph Section
MODOC ROCK ART, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Tule Lake used to be much larger than it is today.
Thousands of years ago many of the rock promontories
in the desert north of the Modoc Lava Beds were islands
in the lake.
The Indians used to row their reed boats out to the rocks
to create their murals of petroglyphs and pictographs
above the line of the water.
See my image entitled "The Alchemy of Inner Earth"
in the column to the left on this blog. This work
recreates in modern terms some of the motifs found
in the Petroglyph Section.