Olympic Fine Arts 2008, Beijing

Olympic Fine Arts 2008, Red Carpet Entrance

WORLD/CIRCLE is a limited edition digital print (72 inches x 72 inches / 182.88 cm x 182.88 cm) on archival Moab Entrada Rag Natural paper.  It was selected for exhibition at the Olympic Fine Arts 2008 which opened in Beijing, China, with a ceremony on August 11, 2008.  The exhibit will be on display until September 17, 2008, when it will travel internationally.  The works will then become part of the Olympic Fine Arts 2008 permanent collection.  A catalogue will be available.  Further information is available atwww.2008arts.org.

Joyce Cutler-Shaw, WORLD/CIRCLE, 2008, Olympic Fine Arts Joyce Cutler-Shaw, WORLD/CIRCLE (Installation), Olympic Fine Arts 2008


Games of contest and skill, and the wonders of the human body, are as much a part of our shared human history as picture writing.  The circle has appeared in the visual record of almost every time and place.  It is the universal symbol and connecting image of this picture story.  Long before we invented alphabets, we have been picture writing.  The circle has appeared with many different meanings, as a sign for competitive sport, as a basketball, baseball, those of table tennis, jai alai, soccer or golf.  It is the ring of the gymnast, the interlocking rings of the international Olympic Games, or the circle of the new moon, toward which we reach with hope and dreams.

The circle can stand for the earth, the sun, a planet or stars.  In Native American picture writing it symbolizes life or time; it represents the ball of the Mayan ritual ballgame pictured on walls, pottery, and ball court markers of Honduras.  Petroglyphs are pictures carved, chiseled and engraved, as on the turtle shells of pre-historic China, or the Churingas of Australian Aborigines, or Native American rock pictures of North America.  Petrograms are pictures drawn or painted, as cave paintings of Lascaux in France; or images on ancient scraps of cloth of storytellers of India; or wall paintings of Egyptian tombs. WORLD/CIRCLE, a contemporary digital print from original drawings, follows an ancient human tradition of picture story-telling for the Olympic Fine Arts 2008.