Won the Stanley Picker award for a short essay on Renaissance art in Florence
Take a look into the rational waking mind of the Era of Redemption; existing between the dream world and the abstract, the vessel of which the inner self is analysed.
ON ANIMA & ANIMUS
Beneath the Id and Ego the animus and anima reside at the bottom of the abyss of the collective unconscious. They are two primary anthropomorphic archetypes. Formed by the archetypal plane, the animus and anima sit in the realm of predisposition. As holistic and analytic must unite, so must masculofemininity open the gate of the unconscious. The a priori nature of these inner oppositions are independent of personal experience, they transcend the psyche. It is down there that we connect our opposite whole, as day meets night. The animus coincides with the patrilineal Logos as the anima accords to the maternalistic Eros. To connect with this inner archetype is to become whole. It is to find the conscious spiritual carnation of the masculofeminine. These contra-sexual archetypes bridge between our walking conscious with our subconscious, they allow us to experience the other. Here we connect with those at level with our innate emotional drives. As they are promoted to us in the raw symbolic dream we learn to unchain ourselves from the conscious inhabitation to see inwards. As the precomissure speaks metaphors of importance, we must listen or forget. Growth of the individual cannot come from suggestion but more importantly from their own natural self. True self realisation is anchored within and will not be readily reeled upwards from an outer perspective. To get into the mind of the self we must speak with colour, symbol and metaphor. Violence will come through suggestion, it must grow from within.
Art holds an equal if not more impressive communicable function as language and in turn is able to be decoded and analysed with the same respect. Through the use of symbols, imagery, conceptual thought, mathematics and colour art is able to become a place to discuss real world topics as well as abstract concepts with exact thinking and reasoning. With this mindset the observer is able to participate directly within the ratiocination of art. Art holds the power to demonstrate the real waking world by systematically exhibiting a multi-level resemblance of natural laws and social politics; mimesis. Art creates a space to allow a conversation of abstruse concepts and affairs to be balanced and managed. The quality of art as a communicative function creates a relationship between the artwork and the observer. It is important to allow art the use of metaphorical visual language to become a podium of intellect, a symposium of consultation. With the use of these key components art is able to connect with the audience on both a conscious level and an emotional subconscious level simultaneously.
Artists create images that speak a thousand words as artists use symbolic language to paint an image. Language utilises the images inside your mind and enables you to describe them. The images give the language emotional value, they breathe life into prose. They coexist, they are a necessary duality or hieroglyphic importance.
Symbols create metaphors that require analysis and deduction. the riddle lies in front of you, the holder keeps the key.
Imagination is the gate to concept. It is a realm where theory, fact and fantasy can collide.
ON ANTI-COMMODIFICATION OF ART
The use of these functions is cardinal as they save it from being lowered to a commodity. Art must be used as a vehicle for environmental, social and political change. The commodification of art has allowed profit to overshadow concept. This repression has a detrimental effect on the psychology of the individual in which liberation is traded for superficialities. With the commodification of art we find identity through consumption, this creates a lack of real connection with the individual Self and with this comes a false connection to the psyche through a product; the product becomes the Self. Art should not be seen as a commodity.
As divine intelligence walks hand in hand with natural science we can balance absolute reason with unabridged Ontologism. Shackles loosen, eyes widen, the hemispheres unite.
Human perception in itself is emotional, irrational, subjectable to change, attitudes are temporary, senses are influenced, definitions evolve and these account for great changes in beliefs and values over time. Waves of Christianity, socialism, stoicism, Coptic philosophy, fashion trends & common hair styles mould and shape society and the individual. The human race at present displays a multitude of beliefs, eras undergo lifestyle changes that are integral to the common belief system of the age. The further back we are able to reach into history we find that conscious shifts flow between styles, religions, political stances, they are as natural as a tide flowing in and out at a shore front. Patterns emerge across societies and individuals. An era with unbalanced pillars is an era of depression, regression and of war.
We see that The Post-Enlightenment society we find ourselves in today undervalues emotional intelligence and relies primarily on developments in science, rational thinking and logic. This in itself is a relatively recent conscious shift starting in the late 1600’s at the beginning of the Age of Reason. Consequently the modern world primarily reflects a reliance on reductionism and reason; an opposition to the pre-enlightenment shift towards Ontologism. Both represented an unbalance which clouds human perception.
Self awareness, adaptability, conflict management, influence, morality, euphoria, temptation, love & death are abstract realities, they are subjects that have no physical matter, they exist as relations of the human mind. Emotional intelligence is essential to be able to contemplate, understand and participate in the human world, an integral sector of the structure and behaviour of the universe. These non-material subjects cannot simply be calculated or standardised. Art acts as a platform to discuss these abstractions through visual information as art capitalises on the brains visual expertise for colours and shapes. Heiroglyps, memes, flags, facial expressions, advertisements, emoticons; art has a unique ability to use an image in place of words, it is a valid method of human communication. Individuals interact with visual information continuously, these symbols have a profound influence on human perception and understanding.
Art has become a vessel that perpetuates society reducing emotional intelligence and abstract thinking to basic and fundamental truths. The reductionism in the academic world has seen parallels in both the art and philosophical world, both are experiencing severe reductions to formulaic basic truths. Fundamental truths do not fit subjects that experience change, chaotic adaption through the present. The inability to reduce topics to fundamental truths is not only apparent in the world of science and philosophy, vast areas of quantum mechanics, topology, predicting the move and speed of an electron, subatomic principles, magnetism and sound waves find themselves in abstraction.
Balancing the three pillars is a reaction to this conscious shift and we welcome the viewers into a world of symbols that promote liberation the subconscious, to develop a well balanced understanding of human perception. the journey begins at the decomposition of the nigredo, the beginning of a mass awakening to finalise the magnum opus.
Dr.Death invites you to open the door to a future that demonstrates a balance of the human mind that is in turn reflected in a well developed society. An emotionally intelligent, rational & open minded society; a true Era of Redemption.
ON COLOUR THEORY
Colour has an equal importance as form, concept and medium. Whilst the latter three can engage the right side of the brain, it is with colour that the feminine energy flourishes. Through an uncapped use of colour theory as an integral part of the artistic process the dual hemispheres of the brain can unite.
Utopia is a state of mind.
They deny themselves the questions that they truly seek in fear of what they may learn. They search for descriptive answer, hard perceptive facts, and when they cannot find them, the wonder is repressed.
Ignorance is bliss when you live in a cave.
A good beginning is not enough. The distance between the start and the end is great and many will fall.
When man developed from ape there became a well defined sense of creative will, a conscious freedom as well as a neatly structured jaw. What man does with his conscious development is down to the individual, to do nothing is to only differ at the latter.
ON HANDCRAFTSMANSHIP & TECHNOLOGY
This modern age allows us to utilise the technological advancements to spread concept and ideologies at a rate that has never been so capable. It is essential that we also remain confident with the skill of hand-craftsmanship. Without a hands on approach in the art world there is a separation between the artwork and the artist, and through this there is a larger separation between the artist and the audience. This separation depersonalises the art world which continues to leave art work temporary, disposable and without human touch. A harmony must be found between computerisation and human skill, just as the balance of masculine feminine is met; in an Aquarius form. Human touch is necessary for art as it proposes an emotional relationship with the audience as the process adds extra fascination as it is made by another human. This handcraftsmanship is crucial for allowing an instantaneous connection between artist, artwork and audience.
Be weary of the confusion between love and infatuation, between utopia and perilous hell.
People laugh at what they understand. Not because it’s necessarily funny, but it’s the easiest way to come to terms with a situation.
The shift in belief systems from religion to science has created a dramatic change in the dynamics of the human brain. The consequence of living in a society that is built upon either extreme is one which is unbalanced. This unbalance leads to a suppression of either the masculine side of the brain or the feminine, from holistic to analytical. Through this unbalance the ultimate potential of the human brain is not met. To reconcile, a middle ground must be formed. Reconnecting with archaic concepts that have been discussed since the dawn of the ancients will allow the inner self to balance absolute reason with unabridged Ontologism. This harmony is crucial for the redemption of both the psyche and the conscious brain. The utilisation of both sides of the brain is paramount for the liberation of the soul. We must combine the right sided apprehension of art through sensory and emotional stimuli, lateral thinking, that of holistic thought, imagination and spatial relationships with the left side of tightly linked neurons and proximate axons for analytics, detail, sequencing, logic, mathematics and linear thinking. For balance, we must meet in the middle as we utilise the corpus callosum. We must begin by learning from within ourselves. As we stare into that inner place where thoughts collide with emotion, the abyss teaches us the vehemence of the powerhouse, the core of the sapien. From here we must allow the unconscious to flow through the limbic structures, to come forth through the anterior commissure to the amyglada and temporal lobes and bring gospel of our emotional information up to the conscious. For art to truly connect with its audience it must be able to relate to these intricate parts of the brain. Through the use of symbols and the use of colour we are able to speak the language of the precommissure and spark reaction from the unconscious. With this in mind art is able to connect with our innate human drives: sexual desire, hunger, happiness, sadness, anger and fear. It is through this connection we can develop an intricate relationship between the id and the ego. This unity of the dual hemispheres will liberate humanity as we transcend to a masculofeminine sapien; the balance of masculine feminine energies, the next evolutionary step.
Seeing that there is a three-fold world, elementary, celestial and intellectual, every inferior is governed by its superior and receive the influence and virtues thereof.
The natural philosophy teaches us of the utilisation of natures contain. The mathematical philosophy teaches us of the quantity of natural and celestial bodies. The theological philosophy, the arcane of the three, teaches us of God, that of mind where angels meet demons, that of the soul, few will reach out to it, fewer will conquer.
The blind eye first turns to the void of day before it meets with sweet sunlight.
As cosmic evolution rose with the formulation of the nebular hypothesis we too rise above abnormality. The youthful sun births us as it feeds us as we see hydrogen become human.
The basis, the foundation, the subject and receptacle of all celestial rays in which influences and seminal virtues are contained. It is the fountain from which everything begins
Gaze inwards as you learn from the three fold worlds; draw from the virtues thrice from each corner before returning to the self as a soul redeemed.
A real world chess player doesn’t sit on the table at which both Kings and Queens fall.
Know internally as you beware what that knowledge teaches your audience about yourself.
The apparent ignorance of admitting ignorance is outshone by the value and importance of transcendental evolution.
You can spend forever wondering if you should have made the other decision, but you’ll do that either way. Choose morals. Once you’ve made that decision live with it, don’t waste your time thinking about another reality as you will miss out on the one that you choose. If you regret use it to improve. Dictate the path you wish to lead.
ON SCIENCE & MYTHOLOGY
The human race finds themselves in an age that is reliant on reason. Our post-enlightenment society has seen a huge development in science, rational thinking and logic. This conscious shift, from the mysticism of religion to the reason of science is marked as human progression. This is generally noted as progression; as we are able to take the belief systems of the past and deduce a rational set of laws that more accurately describe life through the eyes of science. However, it is at this stage we must ask ourselves, is pure reason the best tool to describe every aspect of human experience? Total reliance on spiritual mysticism did not create the most accurate window for human perception; is a reliance on pure science the ultimate view? The coin has been flipped to allow another set of limitations to be placed on the complexities of human life. Morality, decision making, emotional intelligence, duty, spirituality, freedom; here we find that reductionism and science are not the most suitable tools to enable a developed understanding of such common concepts. With this in mind, we should refer back to the original tools, that of myth, fables and tales. It is within the myth that a discussion of abstract concepts can be readily understood and contemplated. Whilst science prevails in allowing us to explore the physical make-up and structure of the universe and its laws, it cannot be used to deduce a concept that is simply immeasurable. It is through this mentality that psychoanalysis, philosophy, sociology, ethology and mathematics flourish. As we maneuver away from these stories we must beware of what lessons we devalue and exclude. Whilst it can be said that myth no longer holds such common ground in today’s society there is one platform in which these concepts are still made communicable; art. Art allows abstract ideas to be easily digested and through it we are able to regain a valuable tool for developing an understanding of the inner Self, human experience and our perception of life.
You cannot dictate all that is around you, but what goes on in your mind is under your guidence.
Remember the two cores, the brain and the heart, the two brains. Release your anima, acquit your animus.
We must begin by learning from within ourselves. As we stare into that inner place where thoughts collide with emotion, the abyss teaches us of the vehemence of the powerhouse, the core of the sapien.
The natural death affirms to the body that once was not enough. As phoenix rises brilliantly the sapien comes into being by himself.
The greatest peace is known to the pertinacious self; the conqueror of the secret of endurance; the obstinate of the world within.
Slip sweetly into the Nigredo, rope in hand as you hope to resurface before your projected shadow chokes you in the night. Time below the surface is limited, it is a place where more than oxygen is depleted, those that overstay never fully recover.
One of the most primitive and innate needs of humans is to understand the world around them and share that understanding. Scientists, artists and philosophers unite through specialising in that need to understand and describe the structure and behaviour of the universe. Together they create the three pillars of human perception, each of which are integral to its support. The subjects have varying methods and different traditions but the motivations are fundamentally equal. Scientists, artists and philosophers must be able to properly exert their concepts to the world, and they choose their tools accordingly. Some tend to favour the right side of the brain, that of emotion whilst the others are preferable to the left, that of calculation. The unity of these will unlock the gates of human perception.
ON THE WAKING MIND
Sensory impacts from the outside world alter our subsequent perception of it, which in turn creates a modified quake that further adjusts our perception.