A sense of wonder and fresh awareness in being alive and in this very moment while being entwined with our world around us is central to my working process. When I enter the sea i am part of it. there is an interchange, a communication, a communion, that goes on. I have no proof of this and I can't explain it. I keep trying to word it though. Not that it needs wording, and maybe that is the point; that it is something that is beyond words. Heck, this seems as if I'm talking about the Tao! And we all know, that the Tao cannot be put into words. I think the point is it is meant to remain tangible yet out of reach of the rational. I have just come across an exciting article in Aeon online magazine by Dan Nixon, writer for The Times among other papers, and he brings Merleau Ponty together with David Abrams and Paul Valery to point out the embodied experience of being. Thank you Dan. Here are some delicious quotes from it that resonate within my work:
Citing the French poet Paul Valéry, Merleau-Ponty even questioned whether there’s a sense in which language is, before all else, ‘the very voice of the trees, the waves and the forest’.
Fundamentally, Abram writes, the flesh is the elemental tissue that gives rise to the web of Earthly life that comprises both the organic and inorganic together.