The Hag Stone – Sculpture by Addé 2018
The Hag Stone
Long before semiology was founded, the pursuit of sense, seeking a sense for signs, although empirical, has been a strong preoccupation for humanity.
In a scienceless world, any peculiar form, any strange occurrence, any trove, was regarded as holding some sort of omen, power, message.
They all were signs for which a sense, at least a meaning, had to be given, which became a lucrative occupation.
A long line of charlatans, mages, fortune-tellers of all sorts, paves the history of mankind, and is still continuing today with, massively, astrology (what’s your sign?), preachers, thaumaturges, et c.
When the said signs were identified explicitly, as they belonged to a pareidolic form, therefore analogically read, their understanding, their interpretation, was somehow possible.
Then, whatever could not be explained, remaining mysterious, must have had some sort of potent, some effect on something.
The hag stone is simply a hollowed piece of rock found as it, not an artefact, so there must have been a reason for its existence.
All around the world, hag stones have been given a teleological value, such as healing, protections of all sorts, or simply charms.
Did nature inspire the first sculptures?