"I think before you get anything from the spirit world there must two conditions satisfied—firstly, you
must really want the thing you ask for, and, secondly. you must have have implicit faith that you Will get it."
one of the pics he presented is one i've not seen before
Staley used the phrase "demonic figures emerging from the rock" which made me think about my own recent trips to the forest looking into trees and seeing faces popping out.
Someone in the chat mentioned Alaisdair Gray as a similar artist, the guy who wrote Lanark I think?
Good shout anyway
Another very interesting detail from the talk was the menton of how when Spare used to draw on wood, he would use the grain/line of the wood itself to figure out where to go.
Not sure if this is one of those exactly, but it's another good one I've not seen before
Staley also quoted Spare as saying "thou shall live in every conceivable form and every conceivable thing shall happen to thee" and that what he was doing with the multiple figures a lot of the time was trying to show the versions/emanations of people, what they have been, what they might become.
Someone put "atavistic recapitualtion" in the chat and I agree with that - there's a whiff of the recapitualtion theory (spinal column as container of all forms of life as you travel up it) which was one of the contenders at the same time as Darwin.
another Spareism - "the ego is merely the echolalia of the mind" where echolalia = involuntary recreation of someone else's words.