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Artists are an interesting breed of people. Their imaginations and ingenuity are very creative. Today we find a wide array of materials available to use in artistic expression. In ancient times trial-and-error in the use of what nature provided was the main means of artistic endeavors.

Chameleons are an interesting creature. Their highly developed ability to change color is very intriguing. In Ancient Peru their urine was used for painting pottery. These artistic pieces were handed down to children as family heirlooms. The images on the pottery is quite unique. Some of these images are of fantastic creatures.

Source: Painting with Reptile Urine

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Comment by Karen Black on December 17, 2018 at 8:01pm

There are a pair of male artists named Gilbert and George who have been producing paintings together since the early 70s. One of their more recent exhibitions featured works created from human waste and other liquids. They were large paintings depicting how human liquids look under the microscope. Each painting was created from the same liquid it depicted. I don't know if they sold but I thought they were s#!t.   

Your mention of Ancient Peruvian pottery makes me wonder which clay objects were decorated in that way. I wonder if the decoration was just that or if it was intended as a glaze. A glaze should render the object waterproof and is applied before the 2nd firing. Thing is, organic matter is burnt off in the kiln, so I can't really see that working. Interesting.

Comment by Enigma on December 18, 2018 at 9:07am

Gilbert and George art attracts a lot of flies.

Comment by Evelyn Elderwyck on December 18, 2018 at 11:59pm
Organic matter is burned off but in the process it leaves an imprint behind. There's an artist who uses hair and feathers for his clay pieces and they make very striking works of art. Can't imagine that it smells good but still very intriquing.
Comment by Enigma on December 19, 2018 at 9:59am

Feather work can be quite striking.

Comment by Consuelo Figueroa on February 5, 2019 at 8:51pm



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