Visual transcendence meets the impactful written word, and merges to give rise to The Encyclopedia of Fernal Affairs.
The invigorating dream carries the worlds of our inner and outer being, but is the journey through ‘The Garden of Fernal Delights’ imagined, or is it real?
Capturing the story and art of the amazing Garden is the full-color hardcover book The Encyclopedia of Fernal Affairs from Dreams & Divinities.
Leslie Ditto’s “Enlightened” is featured in the Encyclopedia, as a depiction of life bursting through layers of worlds, familiar and strange, lost and remembered. Pealing back the inner eye can reveal the natural energy and perpetuity connecting all.
What is the Fernal Garden, you ask?
The Garden of Fernal Delights is a sublime and paradisiacal place where all the delights of the natural world from the sexual to the surreal, the visionary to the instinctive, are celebrated as fundamental joys of being alive. The Garden is a place with no evil, no notion of sin, no hierarchy – it is a place of magic, of play and playfulness. All things are possible in the Garden, where madness turns to wonder and everything that was once seen as cursed or damned is returned to the light of this strange world. Such ideas are upon serious meditation deeply challenging to the modern world. This is our chance to explore a new imaginary world that is collectively co-created, and to try and answer: What does a world with few boundaries and few hang-ups feel like? [Dreams & Divinities Visionary Art Expedition: http://www.visionaryartexhibition.com/garden-of-fernal-delights.html]
The Encyclopedia of Fernal Affairs is written by Gromyko Semper, Liba W S, and Bruce Rimell, designed by Liba W Stambollion, and is illustrated by 105 of the world’s most talented artists, including Leslie Ditto.
This remarkable edition is due for publication in late 2014.
By R.J. Huneke