20th August 2011, Brighton Unitarian Church
Photographs by Andi Dixon
Woman and her iconic symbolon, the mirror, contain and generate the visible world. Through Eve, the first woman – who is life, breath, serpent – all forms emerge. A study of the dynamic between the experience of pain (the absence of the world), and the process of creation, in which the body, mirroring the cosmic chôra, is the vibrational matrix that makes or manifests the phenomenal world. The work is informed by ideas on the nature of creation in Elaine Scarry’s The Body in Pain and Plato’s Timaeus.
“In the same way that which is to receive perpetually and through its whole extent the resemblances of all eternal beings ought to be devoid of any particular form. Wherefore, the mother and receptacle of all created and visible and in any way sensible things, is not to be termed earth, or air, or fire, or water, or any of their compounds or any of the elements from which these are derived, but is an invisible and formless being which receives all things and in some mysterious way partakes of the intelligible, and is most incomprehensible.” Timaeus 51a 1–7