Chinking the glass
I will start my first blog with an insight to my current project "Nothing 'is' Immediate".
For the project I’ve been making unique sculptures, based on the theme of platonic geometry and associated five elements. One aim of the project was to explore ways of creating new multi-sensory immersive experiences in real time.
I would like to talk about my work in the context of symbolism, and the traditional paradigms of transformation. I have been exploring what is outside of what Carl Jung would describe as the conventional rational forms of thinking, the subjective awareness; in order to create more space for the unconscious mind to support conscious growth. The model’s of symbolism I am exploring within the project are: alchemy, the elements and the chakras.
Alchemy is often associated with a primitive form of chemistry or science. The goal of the alchemist was to transform base materials or metal into gold, thought to be the elixir of life. Rather than this exterior notion of alchemy, in Jungian terms, alchemy consists of disciplines, practices, and procedures directing the inner voyage to the eternal Self.
The elements may also indicate the process of transformation. Various combinations of earth, air, fire, water and ether, characterise qualities of psychic and universal balance or imbalance, and indicate a progression through change. The elements, and the four or five Platonic Solids, are identified with what is known as quaternary, the structure that constitutes the basic template of material existence, and the dimensions of what is within time and space.