MIND 

MATTERS:


An Unscientific Exploration of the Mind.
Selected Works 2019 - 2022


We all think, feel, observe, judge, imagine and remember. There is a commonality of experience which I explore in this series. I inquire into  the way the mind works. 

What interests me is the possibility of tapping into a universal  conscious- 
ness by investigating the ordinary mind.

It has taken me more than 50 years to

realize that my focus on conscious- ness since the 70s was born in (drugless!) experiences I had in the mid 60s when blinders were removed from my eyes. It was as though life had turned itself inside out, had shown me what was hidden in the everyday. I knew life as perfection, as though there were no limits. There was only life with a capital "L." Everything was in its rightful place. I walked the streets in that perfect clarity. I knew then that only the small mind sees imperfection. The larger mind is Life. That knowing of Life--despite war, death and all the horrors that happen in the world. A very small part of me was always aware of ordinary consciousness. I grew afraid after some weeks that I might never return to ordinary mind, the mind that lives in the world. That fear is what probably led to my full return to ordinary mind. I have had these experiences only a few times since then. These experiences are what led me to study Kierkegaard and William James in the early 70s

Despite all the psychological theories, philosophical debates and neurologic investigations into exactly what the mind is, the mind is still an enigma. The fact that we can't see the mind allows me the freedom to probe our interior space and play with possibility to encourage viewers to reflect upon what they see, think, feel and know, in other words to stimulate self awareness.

Using gold and copper gel markers in mostly circular forms on black paper, I hint at the Larger Mind  while often embracing contradictions  which produce humor. I present mind often as pulsing energy. 
 
Most drawings 12 x 9 inches.
 

 

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