Artist Journal Notes:
Found objects used in Art: Authorship is up for grabs when something is lifted out of context and put into another situation, where it allows the appearance of a history it does not own.
Codified Methodologies: Copied and traced images or photography which is intentionally subverted in order to challenge its own narrative is an example of Authorship up for grabs.
– all these ideas led me to look into Carl Jung’s writing:
“The difference between a sign and a symbol: A sign is always less than the concept it represents, while a symbol always stands for something more than its obvious and immediate meaning. Symbols are natural and spontaneous products that hint at something not yet known. Dreams are natural and spontaneous products of our minds, and they seem to hint at something not yet entirely known.” (Carl Jung)
Are our minds products of themselves? Aren’t they natural and spontaneous? Are we? How does the theory of evolution play into the idea of natural and spontaneous?
“The major obligation of the Naskapi (people beyond the horizon), is to follow the instructions given by his dreams, and then to give permanent form to their contents in art. Dreams give the Naskapi complete ability to find his way in life, not only in the inner world, but also in the outer world of nature. Generosity and love of one’s neighbors and of animals attract the Great Man(the Naskapi’s inner spirit) and give him life.”
How does accomplishment become a result of potential? Doesn’t that become a discussion about belief? Is the estimation of potential merely a guess? Does it have to do with what we think of as ability?
What is left of our identity, if our abilities change, become lost, or are not present in us, in the first place? Without that potential, who are we, then?
Where can art live, in the midst of this question?
Again, Jung said, “…[B]elief endows their life with a perspective (and a goal) that goes far beyond their limited experience. It gives them ample space for the unfolding of personality, and permits them a full life as complete persons.” P. 76 Approaching the Unconscious, Carl Jung