in progress

“In the Time of…”

Between the idea
And the reality…
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
– T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

A new media-based project is emerging, with the working title, “In the Time of…” The motivating stimulus is the experience of isolation, grief, and fear experienced during the time of Covid. Work inspired by such circumstances need not be merely a memento mori. Work to date often enacts healing rituals and suggests alternatives. As society hopefully moves forward from the pandemic, there is a need to re-learn (and re-think) habits, practices, patterns, and social conventions that were once automatic, or at least expected.

An in-between state can be a fertile site to imagine alternative configurations, perhaps visions of a new reality.

Psychological theories continue to inform the work, like Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious, populated by archetypes like The Great Mother, the Lover, the Rebel, The Shadow, echoing within us all. Current theorist Rupert Sheldrake further developed ideas of telepathy, synchronicity, and what he calls “morphic resonance,” characteristic of groups with common experiences or history. Such notions will be touched on in this new piece.