moonrise, lake baikal

moonrise, Lake Baikal, Siberia.
from series, ‘Prayer and Despair
platinum-palladium print, 8×10 in.
My friend Chris Bucklow, in a discussion (What’s in the Dwat) of Phillip Guston’s work, considers the use of rising suns as a symbolization of polarization and dichotomy. Multiple suns, moons, selves; multiplicity. Even Salman Rushdie, in his new book, The Enchantress of Florence, puts the reader into Akbar The Great’s mind as he struggles with these multiple selves. I wonder at the frequency with which multiplicity appears in any handling of the larger (existential, dare I say it) questions about our being. Is it possible that through this ‘prismatizing’, of separating out into a multitude of channels of a conjoined experience, we are perhaps giving ourselves an indication that ‘mind’ itself is a formulation, a meta-symbol of symbols? Borges’ Library of Babel is another indication of this.

One response to “moonrise, lake baikal”

  1. A number of people have asked where they can find Bucklow’s extraordinary book on Guston. Go to the Wordsworth Trust online store. The book is more than worth the hassle of ordering from overseas (if that is where you are.)