THE SELF AT SEA
A single sailboat positioned at the centre point is situated between the opaque sky above and shifting waters below. With a quiet assuredness it materializes from the mysterious fog into greater transparency.
It was my intention to create a symbolic painting which portrays the struggle to attain liberation of the true Self.
There exists both a limited and boundless self. Frequently I find myself concerned with personal identity, and am limited to concepts of my existence as embodied by the mind or ego. There seems to be an increasing amount of noise in my life, veils of distractions that keep me preoccupied at this level. However, there are also periods that I strive to align myself with the higher, and boundless Self, that is my true spiritual nature. I have sought the achievement of this higher level of consciousness through studying the works of Carl Jung, and the time-honoured Vedantic texts. Yet I also find the act of painting, and more specially the development of symbolic images, to be effective in examining the elusive spiritual essence. I have chosen the the sailboat to symbolize the exhilarating freedom one feels, even though situated in the unpredictable nature of the sea. The overall form of the sailboat is reinforced by the geometric shape of the triangle. The triangle when upright can be seen to symbolize an ascension from the base-ground of life to the great clarity achieved at its peak.
In this seascape image I have replaced seagulls with pointer cursors that I use every day enquiring into the knowledge available on the internet. The title of this symbolic painting is simply Search. It alludes to the benefits of technology in respects to learning, and access of information, as well as its ability to lure one away from their true nature, through distractions and encouraging compulsive behaviour. The cursors fade in and out of an enigmatic field of mist that hovers above the sea.