Illuminate naturally in darkness

by Judith Stenneken

“It is almost banal to say so yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis.”
Henry Miller

…all is motion one could add. This body of work deals with the seemingly simple fact that Henry Miller states so clearly in this quote. Everything is ongoing and never finished. Transition is a permanent condition. There is no beginning, middle and end. There is no sunset, nor is there a sunrise – instead we are the ones in motion.
I use images of the journey, the voyager and transitory spaces (like hotel rooms) as metaphors to describe transition as the sole constant in life and in betweenness as the state of being. The concepts of departure and arrival dissolve as the traveler keeps moving – a gravity to constant change. The voyager’s home becomes the hotel room and the airplane. Spaces to pause but never to dwell.
We are in a phase in which change happens at an accelerating pace. It can leave one dizzy, disoriented and overwhelmed at times – like a loss of control. We ‘burn-out’ as we try to keep up with this new pace and some of us turn to old beliefs in hope to reestablish a balance that seems lost.
I think the acceleration of change forces us out of our comfort zones, out of our habits and into adjustments. It forces us to re-act. Coevally it offers a chance to embrace core conditions of life that we usually prefer to ignore: impermanence and uncertainty.