The mind is its own place.

 

Male nude studio shoot, cemetery landscape IPhone 4S

'In this the region, this the soil, the clime, Said then the lost archangel, this is the seat that we must change for heaven, this mournful gloom for that celestial light? Be it so, since he who is sovereign can dispose and bid what shall be right: furthest from him is best whom reason hath equalled, force hath made supreme above his equals. Farewell, happy fields where joy forever dwells: hail horrors, hail infernal world, and thou profoundest hell receive thy new possessor: one who brings a mind not to be changed by place or time. The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven' Paradise Lost John Milton.

Exploring further some ideas of still imagery being juxtaposed to construct an emotional narrative about the self. I again am looking at video increasingly as a possible eventual mode of expression for the final work. The self again in this example is reflected in the wider human condition. I have loved John Milton's Paradise Lost since school and I have always found that phrase above spoken by the fallen biblical angel to be enormously insightful. The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. This strikes me as a fundamental truth in discussing aspects of the self and in my seeking in some way to exorcise ghosts perhaps through creative endeavours.

I like reading Freud and his ideas regarding dreams and the libidinous motive that drives the self. The subsequent repression he feels creates fractures and schisms in the individual and although today his views are taken less academically seriously they are still powerful and the culture is tuned in to aspects of Freud's ideas.

I think from a personal creative perspective it is important to point out that these ideas are constructed from my own work. My work is entirely filmed and photographed by me in order to create these thoughts and ideas so that I engage fully with the module. They are not cut from magazines or borrowed images. Each photographic construction and video piece is created by me for the fine art projects. I personally feel that is an important indicator of a commitment that goes beyond the digital equivalent of Duchamp's ready mades. If one is engaging with their own ideas I feel it essential to construct those ideas oneself and not look to fabricate an aesthetic from other imagery. To me this is as Plato would say, art making a copy of a copy of a copy which becomes illustration, packaging or a contrived aesthetic.

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