The conceptual work of this book was merely preparation for the task; the real work of finding balance requires constant practice.
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.
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.