Thursday, March 5, 2009 8:30 PM
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"Seventh Wave Music"
Dear Carolyn Hillyer and Nigel Shaw ,
Thank you very much for your prompt response.
My name is Toyin Adepoju.I am a PhD student in comparative literature and culture at University College,London.I find your work fascinating not only beceause of its intrinsic value but beceause it facilitates my efforts to appreciate the Western Esoteric tradition,particularly in terms of conceptions of relationships between the feminine,the earth,and the creative power understood to sustain the cosmos,described in Hinduism as Shakti and in the Nigerian-Yoruba Orisa tradition as Ase,both conceptions being linked in a distinctive manner with the feminine.
I expect your work will help me in the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary study in my PhD which compares images and conceptions of the feminine in Western and African spiritual art and thought,particularly the Glastonbury mythography of Katherine Maltwood,the shamanic grimoire art of Mark Dunn and the ritual art of th Austrian-Nigerian artist and thinker Susanne Wenger.
My first experience with your work in relation to my research was in an essay I wrote in an intercultural and interdisciplinary exploration of female biological spaces in the MA in European and Comparative Lioterary Studies I did at the University of Kent where I made a correlation between images of creative,fecundative space in relation to the feminine,understood in both biological and cosmological terms, as evident in the Chinse philosophical classic the Tao te Ching and your work on the album Cave of Elders.
I will always visit your site,but it could be useful to place your images and text side by side with those from other perspectives and cultures to better appreciate how they amplify and clarify each others.Thats why I am interested in the idea of the Facebook photo album and blogs where I am putting together similar conceptions,such as the work of the Celtic artist Courtney Davis. If I were to use your work,I would use it unchanged from its original presentation on your site,with clear attributions to you and with links to your site.