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Artist statement

 “There is no self-understanding that is not mediated by signs, symbols and texts” (Ricoeur 1991)

 The exhibition attempts to create a parallel between poetry, unfamiliar words, the subconscious mind and visual art. It is a symbolic interpretation and imaginative inquiry of potential itineraries of meaning, revitalising the richness and subtleties that words can convey.  It is an altered notion of poetics, conceived as an appreciation of the dynamics of creative expression, starting from the symbols, to elaborate existential concepts, entertaining ideas that stretch beyond the bounds of reason.

This exhibition attempts to unravel, insofar as possible, the impact the illustrations have on the workings of the subconscious. The illustrations include subliminal messages, enabling the viewer, to be attracted to the “word” or repelled by it, on a subconscious level. Thus, there is a dual allusion in the interpretation, by means of convergence of thought, action and feeling. The images encourage an insurgency against the restraints of the rational mind. The images are picturesque, portraying the enigmatic, but also incite disconcerting considerations and its respective subconscious contingencies. Active participation involves not just a mind or word game but a shift in existential priorities.

“Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see”.  –René Magritte

 Taking on resonances of approximation and probability rather that statements of certainty which may prematurely halt the interactive thought process.  It is the observation of the discrepancies that beset the human condition, and in essence a philosophical and psychological approach to hermeneutics. Hermeneutics remains essentially a consideration of the self, and thus is reflective.

This body of work comprises of 25 etchings, describing abstract concepts / words and the respective psychological impact thereof.  It is an interactive social study of the impact imagery has on the psyche.