The Canticles of Creatures
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The Canticles of Creatures is an illustration project based around the dream like experiences that come under the effects of Salvia Divinorum, where existence loses any sense and reality vanishes in front of your eyes. Salvia Divinorum is a Mexican plant from the mint family (Lamiaceae) and is considered one of the strongest psychoactive substances in the world. The effect is so fast that the user is not aware of any sensation until they are enveloped in the overpowering depths of a short but profound trip. During the high the individual begins to realise that they have been staring at something incomprehensible yet as vivid and clear as the moment you are in right now.

In every Salvia Divinorum exploration Salvador has experienced he enters into the realms of an infinite lizard architecture. Here he hears the constant howling of untold numbers of creatures which creates unimaginable choirs and as these life forms wail they stare at him as he is the alien presence who has disturbed their world. Every piece is only a glimpse into the world that Salvador has seen and it is impossible to describe in words and images alone what lies in his mind.

Songs of salvia.
As you listen to the canticles
you start to feel imagination
itself observing you.
72 x 72 cm
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2018

Imagine a “something” that is
first heard as a shrilling sound,
and then pops up as a monstrously
distorted body.
31 x 25 cm
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2017

Two lizard-like phantasmata
crafted from the same skin,
dancing and howling in a
kind of sexual act.
31 x 25 cm
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2017

Amoeba-phantasmata.
28 x 22 cm
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2017

Uncertainty.
28 x 22 cm
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2017

Camouflage is misdirection but
not all misdirection is camouflage.
The living world is a battleground,
see and be seen… be seen and be eaten,
disappear or be different, and you might survive.
28 x 22 cm
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2017

Hurl yourself into the abyss.
28 x 22 cm
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2017

Gathering.
28 x 22 cm
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2017

Laughing phantasmata.
28 x 22 cm
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2017

Canticles begin with
a simple geometric form
28 x 22 cm
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2017

Staring at
something incomprehensible
31 x 25 cm
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2017

A kind of god.
Autonomous psychic elements that
have escaped from the control
of the ego.
28 x 23 cm
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2017

Amygdala.
-“I dont want to lose control,
I like being in control”
Motherfucker, you’re so far
from being in control
31 x 25 cm
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2017

Amygdala.
You’ve got this little
tiny reptilian basilisk in
your brain called the amygdala
just calling of the shots like
DO THIS, DO THIS.
31 x 25 cm
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2017

White dragon slices.
31 x 25 cm
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2018

The black and the golden demon.
31 x 25 cm
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2018

Oddity.
If you think about alien
contact… real alien contact,
we cannot asume that universal
understanding is usually achieved.
31 x 25 cm
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2017

The psyche has 1000 ways
to terminate a life who
has become meaningless.
31 x 25 cm
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2017

-They say they understand life!
34 x 28 cm
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2017

Terence McKenna
21 x 12 cm
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2017

Dancing Psyche

15 x 15 cm
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2018

15 x 15 cm
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2018

15 x 15 cm
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2018

15 x 15 cm
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2018

Amalgamation.
We now know we don’t
know anything.
34 x 28 cm
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2018

Lizard imagination.
The universe is not only stranger
than we supposed,
it is stranger than we can suppose.
34 x 26.5 cm
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2017

Mating dance.
28 x 22 cm
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2018
28 x 22 cm
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2018

Acknowledge the power of magic:
The age of the black and the golden demon.
41 x 41 cm
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2018

The canticles of creatures.
41 x 41 cm
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2018

Disequilibrium.
42 x 59 cm
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2018

Mind is the medium in which they travel.
41 x 41 cm
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2018

Salvador Herrera 2018