This refers to the notion of constantly being aware of your own self, in relation to how it shapes the way you think about the ‘other’.
It is paramount that you recognize how your knowledge has been (and continues to be) shaped by personal experiences and world views, and as a result, will affect how you view others and their practices.
In order to appropriately engage in the study of ‘others’ we must full understand our own subject-position in relation to those we seek to understand. That way, it becomes a privilege to undergo said study, and we can actually give people a voice, rather than restricting them with a limited perspective.
What is it to see?
According to English philosopher Alan Watts, “the source of all light is in the eye.” The eyes evoke light out of the universe, in the same way that ear drums evoke noise out of the air. Our response to existence comes from the relative position of individuals. The sun is only a light in reference to our eyes.
How do you see yourself?
ego.. your centre of being.. know yourself, look within. the harder you look you wont be able to find it, and then you find out that it isn’t there. it isnt separate. your mind is what there is, everything.
Here, I use painting as a means of seeing myself, mirroring and reflecting my idea of myself. Both figures
This painting by Caravaggio references the Greek myth of Narcissus — a young boy who falls in love with his reflection so much so that he falls in an drowns. It serves as a tale on morality, cautioning the viewers to focus on what really matters. This is a particularly enthralling analogy, as artists can be often narcissistic in the sense that we constantly think about our work and legacy.
This was 1 of 3 works commissioned by British poet and patron Edward James from Magritte. The painting is actually a portrait of James himself. Despite the incorrect reflection of the figure in the mirror, the book on the mantle (by Edgar Allen Poe) does have a proper reflection. I find this duality particularly intriguing as it suggests an alternate way of seeing oneself in a rather cryptic manner.