Symbols and Abstractions

 

” Man is in need of a symbolic life…But we have no symbolic life……Have you got a corner somewhere in your houses where you perform the rites as you can see in India ? Even the very simple houses there have at least a curtained corner where the members of the household can lead the symbolic life, where they can make their new vows or meditation. We don`t have it…….We have no time, no place………Only the symbolic life can express the need of the soul-the daily need of the soul, mind you !  And because people have no such thing, they can never step out of this mill-this awful, grinding, banal life in which they are ‘nothing but.’ ”

Jung, C. G. “The Symbolic Life”  Transcript of a lecture given in 1939.

 

Symbol 1 Acrylic on paper,  70 x 50 cm

Symbol 1 ,  1999     (4)
Mix media on paper, 70 x 50 cm

Materia 6 Mixed media on paper,  70 x 50 cm

Materia 6 , 1998     (4)
Mixed media on paper, 70 x 50 cm

Materia 7 Mix media on paper,   70 x 50 cm

Materia 7 ,  1998     (4)
Mix media on paper, 70 x 50 cm

”  To  ‘see’  the presence of  the ‘essence’  in all  that  moves  in  this  moving  and  evolving      world  is  to  render  the  otherwise  illusoriness  of  the  world  illusory ”

N. A. Nikan    ” Ten Principal Upanishads”

 

Materia 19 Mixed media on paper

Materia 19 ,   1998     (4)
Mixed media on paper,   70 x 50 cm

Lalibela Mixed media on paper

Lalibela ,  1999     (4)
Mixed media on paper,   70 x 50 cm

Talisma Mixed media on board

Talisma , 1998    ( private collection )
Mixed media on board ,   50 x 40 cm

Protector Mixed media on board

Protector , 2000   ( private collection )
Mixed media on board ,   50 x 40 cm

Ascending cross Mixed media on paper

Ascending cross ,  1998     (1)
Mixed media on paper ,   40 x 30 cm

Materia 2 Mixed media on paper

Materia 2 ,  1998    ( private collection )
Mixed media on paper,   52 x 39 cm

Materia 15 Mixed media on paper

Materia 15 ,   1998     (3)
Mixed media on paper,   70 x 50 cm

 

Materia 62 Mixed media on paper

Materia 62 ,   1999     (3)
Mixed media on paper,   70 x 50 cm

 

Some times I feel an irresistible urge to break all boundaries, to lose all objectivity and plunge into the unknown, to let  meaningless marks appear on the surface of the paper out of an infinity of possibilities, like an alchemist looking for the transformation of a single moment into eternity….

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One thought on “Symbols and Abstractions

  1. and yet… in the breaking of those boundaries, new frontiers are formed, the boundaries widen and all possibilities become known.

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