Yes very interesting hmm have you also watched the old movie masters of the universe ? reminds me of that miserable old chap who wants to rule the universe manage to open the eye, and then get revamped into an aztec god thing hehehe.. But its amazingb how art like this recalls different memories from different people.
I love the repetition of the various elements in this work, and again, the title really clinches it for me. As humans we have it in our nature to categorize everything, and many philosophies as well as many religions assert the dualistic nature of everything.
I appreciate most how you've combined them as they are inseparable within us. Each human on this earth has the potential to spread as much havoc as hope, as much sorrow as happiness. I much prefer the Zen approach which combines the duality within us all.
Dividing everything into separate entities such as good and evil, black and white only allows us to blame a Devil for the bad we do. It conversely solidifies our faith in a God who cares about us personally. We take comfort, but no credit in our dualistic beliefs.
i have been recently reading about the concept of swedenborgians, championed by the american poet RW Emerson...i think this image was the result of it...emerson championed the transcendentalist movements who allinged themselves against existing church beliefs in the 19th century america...they also emphasised the existence of the subconscious/conscious dichotomy, of the animal/spiritual nature of man, of the potentialy good and evil duality of man...in this light i see myself like hawthorne which is also a transcendentalist, seeking the darker side of the consciousness and exposing them only to find that there exists a dualistic nature with which is inseparable, and the only right way is to realize both and then maintain a balance of both...this might be against the concept of monotheistic baptist faith over which i am a member, but my eclecticism embraces some of the tenets of it...i also relate that to the so called visionary art movement in the sense that they gave emphaisi to the non-duality direction after realizing the dual states of man
I most appreciate the emphasis the transcendentalists placed upon nature. I'm more in tune with Zen or Native American beliefs as they rarely encroach upon others in a judgmental way. "To each his own," is more than a simple meme with a greeting card sentiment.
so you are more in the hermetic tradition of transcendentalism my friend, it is the same with the visionary art circles but not all...in this emerson stated that rather by collective gatherings inorder to contemplate God, one is free to develop a god conscious contemplation through nature and allignment with it...