Saṃskāra (Burn)

Saṃskāra (संस्कार) is saṃ (meaning “totality”) and kri (meaning “put together”)…Therefore ‘To put together in a total way’… Usually this is a word that is made to refer to the impressions in the mind as they occur in the totality of the events that one faces and lives with constantly. Impressions (positive/negative actions, language, events, and thoughts) leave imprints that become stamped in our psyche. These impressions shape our characteristic traits; possess our being, molding our thinking patterns, behavior and responses. Neurosis finds its place within the realm of Saṃskāra. Negative experiences produce seeds akin to a parasitical quality that develops, capturing our being, even paralyzing our basic experience and activity. When we allow these seeds to develop and stabilize, our actions tend to burn more energy. Once neurosis checkmates our being, we experience the Hanged Man, where our unconscious highly takes control of our rationalizing faculties. When rationality is wrecked, waiting for psychic equilibrium it pleas on nature to heal the self. This existence pushes the individual out of its regular daily routine and forces him into a more mythological/abstract situation; fear (awe) and isolation, panic and withdrawal, emotions become disconnected, dislocated, burnt out, to eventually become captured and involved in the subtle inner world of mind. Lacking temporal sense he experiences the symbolic dream-world of confusion… a collection of scattered themes, dreams, takes over his awaking-world. The Hanged Man experiences the Death of Meaning. The psyche is pushed to renounce its Will and waits to reestablish some equilibrium, some mental strength. As the individual withdraws further within himself new meaning may eventually emerge finding/creating significance, a rebirth of new thought and value.

Burn No.2
Mixed media –  H57 x L80 x W35 cm –  2011

Burn No.1
Mixed media –  H87 x L30 x W30 cm  – 2011

Burn No.3
Mixed media –  H80 x L50 x W42cm2012

Burn No.6
Mixed media –  H85 x L52 x W25 cm – 2012