On show at the Toora Gallery 29th September, 2017.
Much of the world appears to be in turmoil. The situation is not new, it is part of the human condition to create disarray and conflict. We engage in a struggle between the life and death instincts; such is life! Yet, many would agree that conscious and rational processes of thought have amounted to an ambiguity that borders on human extinction and these disagreements are displayed in a mass crisis in consciousness. How should we view this disturbing state ? One’s perceived place in the world has shifted. The old remedies of religion, discipline, duty, pride and self-assurance are no longer relevant. Humans have outgrown the institutions designed to invoke like-mindedness and the experience of calm. Instead we have an ongoing calamity. The institutions have let us down, they were never what we believed them to be. Society sits between a fine balance of euphoric fantasy and the corruption that is the will to power. The individual is said to be at the centre of his or her world; yet the individual’s world is a material entity that is lost in the struggle to find the authentic “self” and its meaning. Meaning is an inward struggle of feeling brought about by the senses. Consciousness and awareness are not the same thing. Consciousness always has an object directed towards the outer world. Awareness is a potential arising from the sensual intuitive feeling. The human psyche is incommensurable with the whole universe. We are but a grain of sand on the inimitable shore.
There is a pool of thought that considers creativity as the only appropriate response to the unanswered questions of turmoil. Creativity provides a step back to a position where we can examine the world from a different dimension. Creativity gives us a place in the culture and a set of values that helps to transcend the day to day difficulties and frustrations. Creativity provides us with social networks and communication at a level that acts on the more quiescent parts of the human brain, thus it causes a distraction to daily problems. Creativity makes us feel good because it taps into the inner senses and their potential awareness. Awareness is who we are.
Pat was a key member of the Art for Fun and Wellbeing group in Foster. She passed away suddenly. She will be remembered in an exhibition of the group’s work in November which will be dedicated to her dedication and enthusiasm displayed over the group’s two year existence. Rest in Peace, Pat. We will miss you.