Some images are given to us, revealed.  Other images require effort, a creative process.  

                                                                                          ICON is of the first kind.  The variations on ICON shown below are of the second kind.




          The Life of ICONS      I - Western Mandala  (Creation)     II - Wombs and Seeds  (Sustenance)     III - Homefire  (Destruction)      Oil on linen   each 84"H x 84"W



The origin of ICON is a mystery.  It functions as an integral element of the Cornfield  installation, evolving from two-dimensional geometry into a three-dimensional living symbol in the Cornfield  animation.

ICON may also function as a visual farm, planted with crops of imagery rotated through the various fields of the structure.   It also serves as a vehicle which contains the essential Artstory gleaned from the experience of Cornfield.   It is symbol of mind, a device, a farm, a home, a Mother.   The ICON is all these things and more . . .




                                                                       A poem of Wombs and Seeds

                                                                      "A seed planter, A nutcracker, A dark horse running wild in the corn . . .
                                                                                A grain crusher, An egg hatcher, A seedling ensnares Tiepolo's horn.

                                                                                         A depth diver, A love giver, A God seeker urgin'
                                                                                               Pablo's rooster, the Papal acorns, a pitchfork, and a virgin

                                                                                                          Patchwork quilt floating on sacred ground

                                                                                                                          In the center Love is found."


                                                                      Borrowings:        Rembrandt’s Mill,     Tieplolo's The Sacrifice of Issac,   Picasso’s Cock of Liberation 

                                                                                                                 Michelangelo’s Nuts (Papal acorns)  from the Sistine Chapel.











 L to R:   ICONS -  Read Me,  Sources,  Dissolutions,  Weddings,  Icon Red       Oil on wood panels   36" x 36" x  2"D  and  48" x  48"  x  2"D








                                                                                                                                            Cornfield Storyboard   Plate 7 of 33


                                                                                                                                           Cornfield Storyboard    Plate 8 of 33    


                                                                               Icon Animations - digital creation                                                                                                                            Phoenix Evolution






                                                 YE AS OR  (Your Everyday Artistic Symbol Of Reality)   





                                                                                                                             Cornfield Phoenix      Animation by ShonRay Nichols





                                                            Apotheosis of the Corn Goddess    84"H x 60"W   Oil on linen  




                                                                                                           Artwork and design  © James Nichols 1976-2023    All rights reserved