Ellen Dissanayake

Author and Lecturer

Affiliate Professor
School of Music
University of Washington

Photograph by Ekkehart Malotki

Photograph by Ekkehart Malotki

Books

Early Rock Art of the American West:
The Geometric Enigma

Early Rock Art of the American West: The Geometric Enigma

by Ekkehart Malotki and Ellen Dissanayake
University of Washington Press
Available July, 2018, hardcover & paper, 314 pp., 200 illustrations.

The earliest rock art—in the Americas as elsewhere—is geometric or abstract. Until Early Rock Art of the American West, however, no book-length study has been devoted to the deep antiquity and amazing range of geometrics and the fascinating questions that arise from their ubiquity and variety. Why did they precede representational marks? What is known about their origins and functions? Why and how did humans begin to make marks, and what does this practice tell us about the early human mind?

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Art and Intimacy - How the Arts Began

Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began

2000  Seattle: University of Washington Press.
Paperback edition June 2012

What Is Art For?

What Is Art For?

1988  Seattle: University of Washington Press.