Shadows – The projection of darkness / No.88 project / august, 201508.08.2015 - 12.09.2015
“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole”
Using the shadowing technique during Arts classes in school meant progressing on to a whole new level; although we were talking about vases, bridges, cats, they all looked as if they had caught a bit of life, regardless the lack of proportion or of techniques encountered among ordinary pupils.
We see the world around us because of the rays of light reflecting upon each thing seen. The shadow is complementary to light, necessary to the perception of the surroundings. The shadow equals the presence, and at an ethical level, the conflict. However, if shadow and light live together, and we cannot choose which one to see, then there might not even exist a completely moral decision to be made, in which the light is victorious.
Carl Jung said all we can actually see is our own shadow and not the others. That we are only able to see aspects of ourselves projected onto others. The same statement could be made about art – that it is a projection of the artist. Or is it actually the opposite of Jung’s words? Could art sometimes be the shadow of the world projected onto the artist?