A Rock and an Art Place: Inka Stone Carving in Context

March 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mason Hall Auditorium
Department of History of Art
A Rock and an Art Place: Inka Stone Carving in Context @ Mason Hall Auditorium

A Rock and An Art Place: Inka Stone Carving in Context by Carolyn Dean of the University of California, Santa Cruz

Inka stone carving as practiced on immobile boulders and outcroppings of rock, located outdoors and often in highly public locations, has proved challenging to art historical analysis. Its mostly abstract forms resist interpretation. Focusing on one of the better documented examples of stone carving—an impressive outcrop named Collaconcho by the Inkas—Dean considers the significance of specific abstract forms, as well as the ways meaning was achieved through the juxtaposition of the outcrop with other worked stones in Collaconcho’s environs. It will be suggested that, for Collaconcho and others like it, stone carving addressed imperial concerns regarding potentially resistant populations, but did so indirectly, employing visual analogy and what Dean identifies as an “empathetic perspective.”