20 May 2016
Halftone Quartz Crystals
Watercolor woodblock print
13 x 13 inch image (33 x 33 cm) on 17 x 19 inch (43 x 48 cm) Shioji washi
This is the seventh and final print in a series of halftone prints and scrolls (coming soon) called Relics which explores the often unacknowledged but inescapable religious past that underlies our 21st century secularity.
Crystal healing is a quasi-scientific practice that employs stones and crystals to create an energy field designed to promote healing of the body and/or spirit. While a number of cultures have historically used gemstones in this way, crystal healing in our time is most often associated with so-called New Age spirituality.
Although it's likely that any healing created by crystals is a placebo effect, quartz crystals do in fact exhibit a unique quality called piezoelectricity — electricity resulting from applied mechanical pressure — and are used in oscillators and circuit elements. It's easy to see why some people believe that quartz crystals vibrate with energy. And, placebo or not, one must admit that a flawless quartz crystal is pretty mesmerizing.