This chapter explores our conscious experience of life through language, which, in its broadest sense, is a system of symbols set in opposition to one-another – the realm of duality.
This chapter presents my personal narrative as a way into the content of the book, hoping to prime the theory-to-come with emotional salience.
This book is about returning balance to the individual and to the world.
The same way in which mental health for individuals comes from finding a balanced harmony between consciousness and the unconscious, so too will world health come from a balanced harmony between life and death.
Hybrid identity, like Korean-American, provides a window through the “self” via the hyphen. This parallax gap reveals the unspeakable qualities of our lived experience as always already existing outside of taxonomy.
Matthew Barney’s work is fascinated by the void-space where duality collapses into paradoxical indistinction, and all opposites merge. His work imagines the perverse and horrifying aspects of this undifferentiated space, while “Being & Death” examines this space in a spiritually positive light.
Dive deep in your introspection, reach your unspeakable core, and then, “Make art there.” The struggle to communicate the incommunicable is what makes us most human.