Building on historical and contemporary literature in anthropology and art theory, Lines That Connect: Rethinking Pattern and Mind in the Pacific, by Graeme Were, treats pattern as a material form of thought that provokes connections between disparate things through processes of resemblance, memory, and transformation. Pattern is constantly in a state of motion as it traverses spatial and temporal divides and acts as an endless source for innovation through its inherent transformability. Were argues that it is the ideas carried by pattern’s relational capacity that allows Pacific islanders to express their links to land, genealogy, and resources in the most economic ways. In doing so, his book is a timely and unique contribution to the analysis of pattern and decorative art in the Pacific amid growing debates in anthropology and art history.
August 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3384-8 / $38.00 (CLOTH)