SHADOW LIFE - THE OTHER BENEATH October 24 2018, 0 Comments
In my continued investigations into duality, I've found myself exploring the concept of the shadow.
The shadow is a unique form of sculptural art. There are many creative expressions of shadows out there which are exciting, exquisite, highly individualistic, playful, sublime, exciting, and provocative.
On another plane, the shadow exists within us...the shadow is an "other" of us.
Rashad Alakbarov Funny Funda
The use of shadows as a creative expressive form is ancient. Shadow Play, also known as Shadow Puppetry, believed to have originated in Central Asia-China or in India in the 1st millennium BCE, is still enacted today. It's the prelude to cinematography.
We're In Our Other World
Carl Jung formulated the concept of the shadow, that part of our life that is relegated to the darkness of the unconscious. The article: Carl Jung and the Shadow: The Hidden Power of our Dark Side on the Academy of Ideas website, offers insight into the power of the shadow.
In Robert Louis Stevenson's book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde we are immersed in the shadowy overpowering dualism of a man. It's a dark one-way journey into a nightmare.
Peter Pan is one of the most famous shadows in literature, having lost his shadow when it was locked away in a drawer. He'll have to talk with Carl about how he needs his shadow to become fully human.
Hasta luego amigos. I'm off to find a flashlight.