Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Doors of Perception


 “There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors of perception."
                                                                                               ~ Ray Manzarek of the Doors, 1967












Art and religion, carnivals and saturnalia, dancing and listening to oratory—all these have served, in H. G. Wells’s phrase, as Doors in the Wall. And for private, for everyday use there have always been chemical intoxicants.
                                                                                      Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception, 1954







Doors of Perception

ingredients: vintage book covers, vintage book page, vintage used envelope, image transfers, acetate, acrylic ink, watercolor pencils, metallic and nonmetallic artist pens, mica, leaf, found objects, milagros, stitching, glass beads, brads, beads, electrical resisters, vintage key




If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. 
For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.
                                                                  ~ William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1790




reference: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/11/17/rock-doors-between/

28 comments:

  1. molécule de l' ADN de l'art! superbe...

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    1. Merci, Elfi. The DNA took a lot of work, but it was fun at the same time.

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    2. i would love to use part of the doors of perception piece as my book cover. can i do this ? My email is joyriders.inc@googlemail.com

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    1. Lynne, I hope you're speechless in a good way, and not speechless as in, "this is so bad I'm not saying anything." Hehe! xxoo

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  3. Oh this is beautifully resolved Sharmon! "The Doors of Perception" was a very influential book back in 1973 (was that really 40 yrs ago!?) and then just a few years ago Lewis Hyde wrote in "Trickster makes this World" - "he (Hermes) is the god of the hinge ... the mottled figure in the half light... who amazes and unmazes..." I love those gateways into the liminal space on the edge, the in between where anything is possible and you have described it here!

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    1. I appreciate the good words, Mo. I'm not familiar with "Trickster Makes this World," but I'll have to check it out.

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  4. this is just fabulous ... the stitches that mirror the book cover is just superb... amazing work...

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    1. Thanks, Cat; what a nice compliment! xox

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  5. oh yes, the infinite possibilities...! Beautiful, Sharmon.

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    1. Yes, possibilities are what it's all about... thanks, Kim!

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  6. Wow!! Love this piece and the mirroring quotes. It's gorgeous.

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  7. All parts work together to make a beautiful whole piece...very balanced! Your quotes are a guiding force and all else keeps the viewer looking, looking! Great job Sharmon!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mary Ann... This piece took me on a journey, made me see things differently...

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  8. You have given me a lot to perceive and take in...I wish I could see them up close...the layers do offer a multitude of opportunities. Peace be with you as you have opened an envelop of questions! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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    1. This piece has been quite an envelope of questions for me, too, Mary Helen. I really feel like this one has taken me on a journey...

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  9. This is gorgeous~I love all the elements and the texture (love metal bits)! Bravo!

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    1. Thank you, Gina, for the kind words; I hope you'll visit again soon!

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  10. This piece feels like a personal journey. The quotes and the art go so well together . I love it! .... and the title is perfect.

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    1. Thank you, Robyn. I wasn't expecting it to, but this piece became a personal journey as worked on it. Much was revealed through the twists and turns of the process as it unfolded.

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  11. Adaption, integration and inclusiveness of things discarded and abandoned, provide a wonderful visual effect. First the expression must arise from within someone, then only it finds a resting place in the external world. Fantastic art work.

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    1. Thank you for the eloquent description, and the nice compliment. I agree that expression arises from within someone; finding it's physical resting place is the job of the artist, and it's not always an easy one.

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  12. absolutely wonderful dear Sharmon!

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    1. thank you, sweet Laura! So happy you dropped by! xox

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  13. Wow, these pieces are so fabulous - love where your work is taking you!!

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  14. Thanks, Patti! It does seem to be leading me somewhere, doesn't it?

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  15. I am doing a presentation in my psychology class on perception, may I show your work with credits of course as a visual? My E-Mail is Tammynwv@outlook.com

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