Imagination can be part of the preconscious life of the intellect. Used to make known and express what is singular and conceptually inexpressible, preconceptual imagination fuels creative intuition. The use of images in creating artworks is an act of transforming images present to the preconscious intellect concretely to express deep spiritual experience.
“The images thus stirred are themselves in a state of fluidity–not organized but movable by every wind–and part of the preconscious life of the spirit.” – Jacques Maritain
While the totality of all reality encompasses a multiplicity of universals, the various forms of experience constitute a continuous and connected series of mental phases. Thus, the life of the mind is a whole and a single continuous movement.
“What is found in this flux of thoroughgoing change is merely difference as universal difference, or difference into which the various opposites have been resolved.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Active in common
The spiritual unconscious life of the intellect expands the bounds of rational knowledge. In this way, it operates outside theory and idea production and beyond conceptualized externals of reason. At the single root of the soul’s powers, in this free intellectual realm, the imagination roams.
“Poetry is the fruit neither of the intellect alone, nor of imagination alone. Nay more, it proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together.” – Jacques Maritain
Tending toward beauty
Given the singularity of each instance, the artist’s adaptability to impose the form of the mind on an external contingency directs creation. Each episode operates as a purely unique participation of aesthetic judgment.
“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” – Anaïs Nin
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
Certain deployment localities and event circumstances will place demands on contemplation. Living in a world outside, the enduring experience of night photography brings into question the nature of reality. In these durational moments provided, the individual relationship of self to an apparent physical exteriority seems genuine.
“Not just beautiful, though–the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.” – Haruki Murakami
On a slant
Very cold winter nights by the lake have a magical charm that adds considerable empathy to planetary acquaintance. There is a clear crystalline purity to the visual sensations, augmented by an occasional ‘ice groan’ caused by expansion and contraction of the effusive ice sheet. Hard to describe, this audible manifestation of heterogeneity combines a loud thump, a distant thunder, and an animated vitality similar to a whalesong.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Although the image is much more than a simple substitute for a perceptible reality, a large part of the appeal of the creative act is actually being responsive in a particular place at a particular time. Each opportunity offers the potential of a fresh impact.
“Art is an increase of life, a sort of competition of surprises that stimulates our consciousness and keeps it from becoming somnolent.” – Gaston Bachelard
New insights must emerge from capacious discipline engagement. To breach an unknown knowledge boundary, extensive investigation forms an accumulated intellectual resource from which novelty can emerge. This far-reaching phase is fully conscious and entails research, planning, attention, desire, and attitude. Although creative ideas generate primarily within an inventors field of expertise, intuitions can often benefit from cross-pollination.
“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” – Elbert Hubbard
Periodic encounters that rekindle an awareness of the impenetrable are congenial for the soul. Being in the present is more than just rational contemplation, but rather caresses a surface integrity that enunciates locality. Knowledge flares up without the need for certainty.
“It is a flow of phenomena, unlimited at both ends, traversed by an intentional line that is, as it were, the index of the all-pervading unity.” – Edmund Husserl