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Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite
I have not read Remnants of Eden by D.S. Causey, yet the art depicted in The Official Art of Remnants of Eden is so riveting, so descriptive, and so thought provoking that I immediately wanted to read the book itself and delve further into the author’s quest for answers to questions that man has sought to answer for millennia. Is creation the work of a divine intelligence or a cosmic accident? How could matter emanate from darkness? Are we attempting through science and medicine to recreate ourselves as gods? Are we pushing the limits of humanity with biotechnology and nano robotics, transcending creation? Can faith and science co-exist? Cosmology, archaeology and geology are represented as three blind crows, deluding each other as they squawk their findings...
The images are finely drawn, sometimes simple, yet some filled with deep symbolism and small details that the reader might miss at first glance. Each image is accompanied by an extract from Remnants of Eden which outlines the author’s visual statement. Some images are sepia tone, some full color, some a mix, but all are unbelievably powerful and thought provoking. The images of the animals and birds in a primordial world are absolutely fascinating and one is awed by the grandeur and majesty that is creation, and how the first humans must have felt when confronted by an untouched Earth.
The author speaks of constructing the art like so: “One of my first steps towards completing the book was designing the art in such a way that it made sense on one level, yet also stoked the imagination on another, all the while making sense both to me and ultimately others.” He has certainly achieved this goal. The early images show the development through to the finished product, incorporating biology, history, mythology and cultural representations. I very much enjoyed the sketches of dinosaurs. Strong biblical references throughout show the reader the author’s leanings but this does not intrude upon or detract from these visual gems. I would encourage readers of Remnants of Eden to pick up this book of images and read the two together; the latter definitely would enhance the reading.