Although absolute knowledge is impossible, humans may rely on strong beliefs in sensible affairs. Predictive reasoning gives assistance during ambiguous experiences involving skeptical knowledge. Operating under this principle, extrinsic authority holds sufficient credence to render an opinion firmly probable.
“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” – Diane Arbus
Intelligible metaphysical statements about entities whose existence seems evident gives rise to mystification between the real and the apparent.
“The picture presents the facts in logical space, the existence and nonexistence of atomic facts.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
Lived through time
Over a duration that spans into the night, a cellular tower competes with the sunset. The succession of specious presents coexist in one defined event.
“The most transitory of things, a shadow, the proverbial emblem of all that is fleeting and momentary, may be fettered by the spells of our ‘natural magic,’ and may be fixed forever in the position which it seemed only destined for a single instant to occupy.” – Henry Fox Talbot
Creative intuition involves a multiplicity of concurrent metaphysical paths that converge on a spiritual coordinate, comfortably accommodating the unknowable. In this apprehension, intentionality merges with connaturality to form phenomenological awareness.
“Art is not merely something people do, but something they live.” – Crispin Sartwell
Fabricate an understanding
Subjectivity manifest in the spiritual unconscious of the intellect remains more available to itself. In the case of mystical contemplation, the objects as well as the mode of experience are simply natural.
“If I choose abstraction over reality, it is because I consider it the lesser chaos.” – Robert Brault
Through the mask
In the latent potential of immanence, the inner side of things offer a spiritual entree into a veiled material world of which we are a constituent. The fundamental tendency, that creative subjectivity is disclosed and manifested in all artwork, even without the artist willing or knowing it, passes through successive stages.
“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” – Alfred North Whitehead
Abstracted by the human intellect, essence explains the ‘whatness’ of an existent thing. It is the characteristic, or manifold set of properties, forming an entity or substance into what fundamentally it is. Essence is a necessary component, without which object identity vanishes. Similar objects share essences that establish categorical arrangement.
“We must listen to the interiority of the work and to the poetic sense, being open to what it conveys.” – Jacques Maritain
Intuition is the essence of innate creative intelligence in communion connaturally with its surrounding circumstances. As an evolution of durational consciousness, creative intuition motivates and is nourished by its own growth and extension. The active aesthetic quest leads into the depths of Nature, seeking the essence of an external spirit concurrent with the finding of self-awareness.
“Because subjectivity has become the very vehicle to penetrate into the objective world, what I thus looked for in visible Things must have the same kind of inner depth and inexhaustible potentialities for revelation as the Self.” – Jacques Maritain
The creative experience extends to the infinite, presenting itself simultaneously with something other than itself at the furthest limit of imagination.
“The work will make present to our eyes, together with itself, something else, and still something else, and still something else indefinitely, in the infinite mirrors of analogy.” – Jacques Maritain
In its concern with the essence of things, art making can be a means of philosophical action. Because of this capacity, the sciences of epistemology and metaphysics are potently in play. In this sense, science indicates an organization of methodical or systematic thinking about a determinate subject. The subject matter of any science is something abstract or universal.
“Every metaphysical question can be asked only in such a way that the questioner as such is present together with the question, that is, is placed in question.” – Martin Heidegger