Beyond the facts
Bring to perfection
Another winter night on the shore of Hazel Hill Lake and I am struck by the impact of extreme beauty. In relation to artistic creation, what matters in such a durational experience is the mutual entanglement of nature and self. I need to increase my frequency of engagement.
“Unexpressed significance, unexpressed meanings, more or less unconsciously putting pressure on the mind, play an important part in aesthetic feeling and the perception of beauty.” – Jacques Maritain
Sensation allows for self-expression and self-evolution of a force indivisibly spiritual. In a singular universe, there is diversity in unity, as aesthetic work is an instrument for probing the mind.
“Nature happens to be invaded by man in her own physical and spiritual reality, I mean, by this last expression, in her inner power of significance.” – Jacques Maritain
Walking and contemplating go hand in hand. Hidden within the essence of things, new ways of perceiving await discovery. Sometimes it is a matter of reducing the given down to expansive shape and delicate texture.
“What makes a scientist important is how well he or she has penetrated into the unknown.” – Claude Bernard
In high gear
Coming to pass
Filling a void, desire resides elsewhere. Flashing by at the speed of light, signs point to specific places that are not where we are currently positioned. Along the way, the juxtaposition of points in one direction forms a semblance of consistency.
“Sight is achieved and fulfils itself in the thing seen.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Transitory color and shape interplay on a cool autumn afternoon in suburbia. Nature sometimes overpowers human organizational demands.
“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus
High and low
As an aesthetic stimulant that causes exhilaration, the beauty of the night is a puissant aphrodisiac. Although each episode is satisfying in itself, there remains a desire for more such beatific experiences. Fortunately, opportunity manifests in each diurnal cycle.
“When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars. And he will make the face of heaven so fine, that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” – William Shakespeare
Contingency of time
Presence of consciousness
Low clouds hang over an ethereal shore, as the ocean pulse rhythmically undulates. Certain places and circumstances produce feelings of grateful exhilaration. Under this enchanting spell, sensations and ideas blissfully succeed one another and gradually spread.
“A phenomenon is taken as what it is only when we understand it as gathering its context, as ‘worlding.’ And the context is taken as such only when we understand it as gathering the phenomenon, as ‘thinging’.” – Martin Heidegger
What you see
Extension of remaining
Memorable events can be celebrated differently. As cultural instruments of the still living, cemeteries are an odd combination of melancholy and beauty. Each visit makes me wonder if the end of life experience is universal.
“Tombstones covered the dale, the smooth marble surfaces bright. She had spent days here as a teenager, though not out of any awareness of mortality.” – Thomm Quackenbush
Here is another installment of the slowly evolving ‘Red Car’ series. Accepting that possible outcomes are unknown, this project always requires quick decision making operative under conditions of uncertainty.
“There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.” – Robert Burns
The Western Missouri Medical Center has a nice little reflecting pool.
“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens