This concern with form language preoccupies
artists in every period of cultural renovation. In the early Middle Ages, Celtic scribes
wove the three strands of interlace, maze-patterns and spirals into the form of Celtic
Five hundred years later, Islamic art hit upon
the same three principles of surface division: knotwork, maze- patterns and spirals.
We too are in the midst of a cultural
revolution. For over a century, artists have been searching for a universal form language of the decorative arts.
We see this first with Art Nouveau and again with Art Deco. Celtic art could well be the basis of that
very form language which these modern movements set out to invent.
Celtic art has never been obsolete, as a form of language it speaks across time, and articulates the language of primitive geometric forms so well that it will always be invaluabe to students of formal design. Threfore it is more accurate to speak of therecovery of Celtic art, rather than it's revival: it is actually self-regenerative.
The art of early humanity - primitive geometric pattern - is embedded in Celtic art, and this became the art of our village-minded ancestors. Just as the future appears to hold no alternative but
that of village life on a planetary scale, Celtic art will have a future part to play in
the form of decoration with which that global village will need to be furnished.