What am I doing? With black?
Covering everything-Cosume all, overwhelm all, like life.
Displaying and juxtaposing different surfaces- Show the difference between types of black, types of people, types of souls.
Black is soul?- How? iIt is and it is not, just as we feel soul, through history a soul or a spirt of some kind has been a major part although we cannot find it. A black reflective surface shows your self and it does not. It eliminates signifiers we have with out appearance and lets us look directly into our selfs.
So what about the blacked off surface of the mirror? - This obstacle forces you to look at it but then around it, seeing your self. This is also a mental obstacle of seeing PAST your self and then into your self.
Black is the soul and variations of black are facets of the soul. Disruptions of the black, such as the presence of another color, is a disruption of the soul. We are a reflection of our soul and so they are not the same as others. Nor are they the same all the time, they change as we change and may even change before us, it may take time to realize it. Another way you could look at it is conscious and subconscious.
Well what of pealing away?- This could be seen as a pealing away of the soul, stripping away the layers to reveal, or cover it. Hide or show ones true nature. Loss of self worth? Decay, destruction, of art, of painting, of humanity?
Is it ok to be about painting?- Because they are paintings they automatically bring into the discussion the history of painting. Because they have some surface they talk about painting as an action. And because they are black, and others before me have painted with black, tis automatically brings up their work into discussion and the meanings of their work in relation and contrast to my work.
What happens when you multiply, copy, and display the soul? Is that what we are doing now with technology? Is it effecting us that much? If it changes our work habits and how we interact with each other then it has changed our lives and personalities, even it slightly. will it change more as it has throughout history? Or has it stayed relatively the same, only transforming our exterior?
Is black being all consuming being like our desire to consume, buy and unify everything? What happens when we cover an everyday object in black, then this theory makes more sense in context. What if you cannot tell what the object is?
What is white in context?- Everyone says white is pure, the pure soul, I see it as being empty. If we look at in reference to a child, it is not that they are nicer or better then adults, that is making them pure, it is that the world with its ideas, philosophies, rules, problems, challenges, and evils has yet to fully effect the child. Leaving them empty, the older they get the fuller they become. Someone who has experienced life regardless of their temperament has a full soul, being black. So if you have experienced life and it has effected you, there is no way for your soul, conscious or subconscious to be white and clean. Good or bad experiences add up and fill you with knowledge and feeling changing your soul and mind. Regardless if those experiences where good or bad, changed you for the better or worse, they effected you all the same.
And even if you forget, they are still absorb and you can reflect on them later, which might show you what kind of person you really are. This is where the reflection surface comes into play. The black mirror is a way for your conscious to see your subconscious without the distractions of life and social standards getting in the way of how you see your self.
What does each material mean?:
Shiny- alloys you to see your self in the black reflection.
Thick paint- thickness, accumulations, consumption.
Large- over coming, overwhelming.
Small- precious, manageable, contained.
Smooth- blank, dead, empty.
Dirty- filthy, contaminated.
Light shinning threw- subconscious showing through to the conscious. truth coming through a lie. pure soul showing through the consumed soul.