Individualism and the Mind
In this PK, i want to present the way i think and see differently as a result of experiences I’ve had in class.
I now see and think differently in ways like my perceptual perspective of others and other things. I’ve also gained a new found respect for every given thing considering its beauty, uses, and value these objects hold; and I pay attention to the fact that everyone lives different lives with different experiences, yet we all can still connect in relation to each other’s minds.
One moment i remember learning when concerning this class was a the Kohler Art Museum looking at each piece of work relating to memory was a powerful experience. The ways the pieces of art were portrayed gave different insights into their own thoughts on memory or literal memories.
One in particular were the images displayed by George Widener. His pieces were generally based on dates and time “From Memory”. This intrigued me because he had a special talent of calendar memory derived from his autism. I tried to put myself in his shoes to understand his thought process; a moment where i tried to perceive through his mind and eyes.
Another moment of learning from Understanding the Visual was when i went to the Milwaukee Art Museum. After seeing the museum with our tour guide I gained a perspective of certain miscellaneous artists work that was presented. But on return i looked at an image by Jules Bastien- Lepage (1848-1884) called Le Pere Jacques. It depicts an old man and a young girl, while the man works by gathering wood, the girl frolics distractedly towards a patch of flowers. Through this image i discovered how I analyze art. To me this expresses the integrity of both characters in different stages of life and the stream of consciousness connected to age. This was an authentic experience i enjoyed learning from.
As well as learning from UV1 through art, i also benefitted from and gained an appreciation of individuals thoughts through literature. One being “The Object Stares Back” by James Elkins.
His thoughts about eyes, point of view, and perspective had a huge impact on my own perception. Because he gives inanimate objects points of view, I found that i can appreciate anything existing in life a little more for what it offers. Things that are and aren’t living play huge rolls in society and they relate by the interconnectedness of everything.
-How does this all somehow come together and relate with our peers? Are we imagining everyone is the same concerning perception? How do we interpret the same?
Today is just another day and everyday we are ever-changing because of people we meet, the small things we stumble up on, and the issues in society we face. Every day we grow more and more as individuals and as individuals we perceive.
I perceive you and you perceive me. But… can you not perceive yourself through me? Can i not be your reflection, the mirror whose eyes are only open to yours? As individuals we perceive and we perceive differently. Mans complexities may always trigger pain and war or love and friendship, but we all get the chance to experience it and together we can experience. Isn’t that all that should matter?
My own thoughts:
Every eye has an individualized mind. Every voice, every single person has worth and can offer a great deal solely on the basis of thought on individualism. Every person living different lives exist in their own mind and view how every second as a perceptually unique point of view. For every second these individuals lives through trial, lesson, experience, education, and stream of consciousness. All of these facets of a person are shaped and changed and molded according to their lives and own personal experience inside their heads. Because who’s to say not every thought developed alters the mind in ways like intelligence, interest, self worth, open-mindedness, and their own view on the world.
The mind is vast and with every experience an individual can develop bias and opinion towards almost anything and everything they face in life. And when concerning the limitless ideas, subjects, social problems and issues that might be pondered a perception of reality vs. society, as well as the unknown is unveiled. All of these factors develop the individual BEING and constantly change the individuals mind set or in other words, maturity.
While developing my own thoughts in UV1 about perception and my own perception, i realized my art and style are greatly affected by the types of outwardly thought processes i cover.
One being related to “The Object Stares Back”. Recently i found that when i do self portraits i feel almost.. compulsed to incorporate excess amounts of eyes or eye shaped forms which could represent the life that surrounds my reality and perception or even the changes in opinion or thought processes i have.
In the past few months this class has brought up several questions and answers in relation to my views on life and perception.
One being negative, i questioned whether MIAD was trying to assimilate a generic “artistic mind” as a whole, but now i realize the goal of MIAD is to push individuality and self led pathes into life. Of course, foundations has been shitty, but the main reason for its existence is to develop beneficial technique and talent. Through this i found that i could appreciate the bullshit for the intention is extremely horizon broadening.
Jumbled-ness and thought.
As you may have noticed the structure of my PK is random and jumbled. I believe this best represents the thought process and stream of consciousness i have concerning the “bigger questions” about life. Everyday is a new day and has new questions awaiting an answer, and as more and more questions pile, more and more sovereignly educated thoughts arise. I believe this is the one basic idea UV1 has presented itself that i solely enjoyed. The ambiguity of Dick Knight and UV1 has allowed me to teach myself further developing my own individual, artistic mind.