Have you ever felt, in a moment of inspiration, trying to grasp the immense beauty of our Galactic or Gaian environment, perhaps amazed by the sight of the starry night sky, a wonderful landscape or the endless variety of forms life can take, that this universe is an infinite source of almost inconceivable wonders to be explored? Has this inspiration ever been strong enough so that you were driven to undertake further exploration, hoping you could reveal some of the deepest secrets this world has to offer?
In the course of human learning and recognition, it doesn’t really matter which direction, which area we choose. It’s curiousity and openness that matter, for wherever we point our attention, either to the skies or into the depths of the soul – assuming we pay close attention and keep our observing mind working, revelations await us everywhere along the path. Hints and tips on the essence of existence.
Knowledge and recognition can be uplifting and frightening at the same time. Holding your breath in awe, you sense not only the grandeur of this Creation, but the bottomless chasm of the Unknown and the seamy side of life as well. Sometimes it can be quite depressing to realize how little we know. Facing our fears can be carking and grinding, too. Friedrich Nietzsche rightly said: “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster… when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.”
I am an explorer, walking along my own path with open eyes, an open heart and endless curiousity. I am as ready to face the dark side of consciousness as to take in the immense beauty of this Creation. Though I chose visuality to convey my experience, I sincerely hope I can show you more than the visual aspects of my artistic experiments, which I consider
SEEKING THE TRANSCENDENT:
a pursuit to reveal the secrets that are lying on the boundaries of, or beyond current human knowledge. Meditating upon what I find deeply interesting and mysterious. Contemplating those subjects, utilizing the power of intuition and imagination. Finding a way to express the intellectual, emotional, spiritual content of these inner journeys visually. My usual subjects are:
THE BEAUTY OF NATURE
which may present us with deep insights into the whole universe. All the views, structures, phenomena in the natural world. The constant flow of change that you are also part of as you are experiencing the ongoing miracle of Creation.
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.” ― William Blake
THE WORLD OF EMOTIONS
The partly undiscovered realm of bliss, sorrow and their peers. Their sometimes subtle, at other times exuberant role in human bonds and conflicts. The experience of love, joy, calmness, fear and distress.
“Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you.” ― Bob Marley
“And you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You’ll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others. And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami
QUESTIONS OF CIVILIZATION
The web built of human beings, their technology and culture. Current trends and phenomena in society. Relations and interactions between us and our planetary environment. Future of mankind.
“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”
― Alan W. Watts
“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”
― Carl Sagan
“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.” ― Terence McKenna
Ancient and modern theories; fundamental concepts and principles we use to think about the Universe. The true nature of matter and consciousness. Their relation to each other. Science and religion, spirituality and philosophy.
“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.”
― Brian Cox
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
― C.G. Jung
“If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.”
― Eckhart Tolle
“The notion of a separate organism is clearly an abstraction, as is also its boundary. Underlying all this is unbroken wholeness even though our civilization has developed in such a way as to strongly emphasize the separation into parts.”
― David Bohm
As I am sure you see, I am not so lucky as to be able to restrict my field of interest to a tiny, specialized circle of knowledge. However, I am also convinced that you can see the pattern, the common ground in the topics described above: exploring, contemplating deep questions of existence. This somewhat wide angle of view comes with the huge benefit that I have never ever been bored. I hope that you, too, will find the visual depictions of this philosophical journey entertaining at least. Dear Visitor, I am looking forward to your thoughts and comments and our future discussions.
The range of my work spans from photographs to purely digital works, it includes many combinations in between as well. In earlier projects, I often utilized the beauty of colours. Later, I started to create monochrome images and predominantly used subtle sepia tones. Nowadays I primarily create black and white images. I like blurry, dreamy scenes, but I increasingly use strong contrasts and abstraction to make my pictures more expressive and thought-provoking. I often use texture overlays to emphasize the mystery I find in and around a particular theme / subject. Most often, there is a thought, a concept or an idea belonging to an image, and titles usually refer to this content. However, in some cases, titles may be a simple caption or convey a bit of humour.
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