The Hidden Visible
Having everything about us completely available to another is an impossibility. The analysis of access to ourselves and to others, and its effect on our perception is what informs the ways I have created my images. As individuals, “we only have access to what there is. But not everything is accessible…the meaning of the writing on the wall is available to [us] if [we] can read the language in which it is written…” (Noë 32). Trying to know all there is about a person is much like trying to read something in a foreign language. My works are about the limited accessibility and knowledge we have of others, as well as of ourselves, and the difficulty to understand and accept the impossibility of perfect understanding.
What does it mean to know each other? What does it mean to have full access to another? Is it to know full truths? What is a truth? These are the questions of knowledge I am exploring. I believe that complete knowledge is full visibility: readable, open, understood, unmasked or unveiled. Is obtaining that visibility an impossibility? I believe so.
“If we wish to understand the nature of our human experience really, we need to turn our attention inward, to the mind (or the brain), for this is where we, our individual selves, stage reality” (Noë 6). The relationship you share with another only exists in your interaction and experience with them. Even though what we experience in every day life is indeed reality, it is filtered through one’s perception, which makes it a staged reality. Staged reality can also be characterized as a perceived or an observed reality. The notion of an observed reality makes the saying, ‘ignorance is bliss’ come to mind. We live in a place we perceive as reality but actually are ‘ignorant’ or unaware of so much.
Noë, Alva. Varieties of presence. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2012.
Megan Lynch is an artist in working in the Eastern Tri-‐State area. Megan holds a BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts where she had a duel emphasis in Photography and Painting. Megan works in a variety of media to explore the human condition, perceptions of reality, and the internal self in contrast to the external self. You can view more of her work here.