A reflecting globe rests in the artist's hand. In this mirror he can have a much more complete view of his surroundings than by direct observation, for nearly the whole of the area around him - four walls, the floor & ceiling of his room - are compressed, albeit distorted, within this little disc. His head, or to be more precise, the point between his eyes, comes in the absolute centre.
Whichever way he remains at the centre.
The EGO is the unshakable core of his world
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED or have YOU yet to complete YOUR MISSION
Anyone who applies himself, from his early youth, to the practice of graphic techniques may well reach a stage at which he begins to hold as his highest ideal the complete mastery of his craft. True enough there is tremendous satisfaction to be derived from the acquisition of artistic skill and the achievement of a thorough understanding
of the properties of the material to hand, and in learning with true purposefulness and control to use tools which one has available - above all, one's own two hands!
I myself passed many years in this state of self delusion
. But then there came a moment
when it seemed as though scales fell from my eyes. I discovered that technical mastery was no longer my sole aim, for I became gripped by another desire, the existence of which I had never suspected. Ideas came into my mind
quite unrelated to graphic art, notions which so fascinated me that I longed to communicate them
to other people - M.C. Escher
This could not be achieved through words, for these thoughts were not literary ones, but mental images of a kind that can only be made comprehensible to others by presenting them as visual images.
First posted by Michael Grove @zaadz on 13th March 2007 at 1300 GMT/BST
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I like the idea of ego as a core, and indeed in the center of the globe's picture - yet, on the other hand, as there is neither subject nor object to be found except in imagination, it is beautiful to find that all this is actually waving and whiggling…
Wow. I love that video. I am not sure if I fully comprehend all that it was saying and if I fully comprehend anything. However, I did get the
perception of reality centered around ego bit. The observer and the
observed. So beautiful… Truly.
Only when you can hold both the strong and the weak in your awareness can the Whole of the dual come together - as Marc has so succinctly stated.
” Generally, our ego-selves are culturally conditioned. As a consequence, we not only act in accordance with our prevailing world-view and beliefs, but our identification is so powerful that we are literally unable to see what we cannot imagine.”