“The totality of beliefs and sentiments common to the average members of society forms a determinate system with a life of its own. It can be termed the collective or creative consciousness.”
– Emile Durkheim
Inspired by the visual representation of what could be considered a glimpse into, or a snapshot of, the collective consciousness (an invisible, telepathic web connecting us all) I chose 9 concepts and subjected them to a search engine query. Using only the first 3 pages of image results, I chose 27 images, graphics and other data to be merged and interwoven into a new visual construct that would embody a collective snapshot of that term for myself. To explore these terms forces a self examination of emotions and ideas I confront every day.
Part of the internal conflict I have with these terms is the versatile way in which the understanding and visualization of a word can be different for each individual, while still being rooted on a common plane we are able to connect on for the most part, but often our true emotion in a moment is not conveyed to the person receiving us. Being that the images are all obtained from the web and were all of different sizes and resolutions, there would naturally be pixelation that would occur when expanding them to a 27″ x 27″ frame. Pixelation was allowed, at times, to represent lost and missing information we often are left without. This is only noticeable the closer you are to the image, as we often think we understand something until we are put right in front of it and we are forced to rethink our entire paradigm. The pieces are also printed on PVC media to remove all pure white and lend a translucent, eeriness to the image.