Res​et Your Password  One 

Encaustic on panel

12 inches x 12 inches

Bar Code    Encaustic on panel

24 inches x 24 inches

Reset Your Password Two

Encaustic on panel

​12 inches x 12 inches

Arabesque #3   Encaustic on panel

12 inches x 12 inches


 I’ve traveled to Ephesus, Athens, and Pompeii, and have visited some of the great museums of the world.  The most memorable cuneiform tablets I encountered were at Berlin’s Pergamon Museum.  These clay tablets stood almost as tall as I am, and impressed me so deeply that they have taken hold of my artwork.
Thinking about the origins of language and music inspire me to create art. I imagine early man’s symbols copied from his natural environment. And I sense the rhythm and flow of the words, as they become his first chants.
Not all cuneiform tablets contain mysterious messages; many are simply ledgers recording business transactions: delivery of staples such as wheat, wine and cattle.  Mindful of this, and also that I sometimes take myself too seriously, I name this painting Bar Code.

Reset Your Password, an encaustic diptych on panel, is my improvisation in response to an ancient language system called Linear B.  I began this diptych while reading The Riddle of the Labyrinth, the Quest to Crack an Ancient Code, by the linguist/journalist, Margalit Fox. Ms. Fox tells the compelling story of how the Victorian archeologist, Arthur Evans, discovered clay tablets on the isle of Crete, how Alice Kober, an American scholar  during the 1940’s, systematically worked at deciphering their language, and how a young English architect, Michael Ventris, finally cracked their ancient code in 1952.

The Linear B tablets date from about 1450 B.C. and are filled with beautiful, mysterious pictographs.  My calligraphy for Reset Your Password, purposely soft-edged and out of focus, is an improvisation on, rather than a literal copy of the Linear B pictographs.  While creating the diptych, I realized that my response suggests the strange calligraphy we may see,  prompted by our computers. 



Counterpoint     Encaustic on panel

12 inches x 12 inches


Evening Song # 2 

Encaustic on panel

18 inches x 18 inches

Counterpoint # 3

Encaustic on panel

​12 inches x 12 inches​ 

Evening Song #4 

Encaustic on panel

12 inches x 12 inches

Plainsong # 5    Encaustic on panel

​12 inches x 12 inches

Arabesque #2  Encaustic on panel

12 inches x 12 inches




 

​Pat Lagger

Counterpoint #2 

Encaustic on panel

12 inches x 12 inches

Plainsong #6     Encaustic on panel​

​12 inches x 12 inches

Evening Song   Encaustic on panel

12 inches x 12 inches