Framework, noun /ˈfreɪm.wɜːk/ is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “a supporting structure around which something can be built” but also as “a system of rules, ideas, or beliefs that is used to plan or decide something”
We are living in a world of ever-changing frameworks and frames. We are self-creating systems of rules, we are creating various frameworks to help and support our development, yet we are also creating frames, rigid structures, considered “normal”, that surround us which sometimes helps us while other times rather confuses us.
There is no such thing as “normal”. Normal is like moral. Normal and moral may very well vary in space and time and the morals of the different areas or countries in our society can be very different sometimes even completely contradictory, hence there is no unity in having the exact same understanding for everyone.
About one hundred years ago women were not allowed to work or attend school and it was considered "normal", while in the time of the caveman the family was a very cooperative unit, the work was interchangeable, women could join the hunting expeditions while the men made clothing at home.
A considerable milestone in achieving homosexual law reform and equality for the LGBT was reached in the UK only in 1967 and even nowadays there are merely 30 countries around the world where same-sex marriage is legal. Long before, in ancient Rome, Roman men were free to enjoy sex with other males without a perceived loss of masculinity or social status; and even if debatable, there are proves that the ancient Egyptians accepted same-sex relationships (the paintings of Nyankh-khnum and Khnum-hotep, or the statue of two women, Idet and Ruiu, depicted as a married couple).
We as humans are an ineffable combination of energy and consciousness, consciousness being the director that orchestrates and guides the conversion of energy into form and of form into energy. Each human being, each portion of energy is brilliantly gifted with a natural innate creativity that seeks to fulfil its own potentials in all possible variants.
When we are willing to consciously observe the human “normal” behaviour in space and time, we are seeing and analysing everything from the present framework or collection of frameworks we choose to live in, from each individual present self, from each individual “now” pool of beliefs. However, each individual system of beliefs is dynamic, it adjusts and adapts over time, always in search of balance and in search of fulfilment.
I believe it is safe to say that what humans ultimately want is peace, love, love that transcends ourselves, and fulfilment, at times being more or less aware that our own fulfilment expands the creative potentials of others and adds massively to the existence of all others.
In achieving our dreams and purposes we sometimes have visions and ideas while other times we just find out what we want by learning what we don’t want. To become acquainted with our own beliefs and frameworks we must walk among them. We must look through the frameworks that we have ourselves created, the organised frames and ideas upon which we have arranged our experience.
Once we clearly see into our own mind, we must first deconstruct our thoughts without judging them and then consciously reconstruct and rebalance the frameworks of our beliefs in a way that will ease our fulfilment, in a way that will bring us love and peace and the ecstasy of life.
The series comprises 26 installations.
Medium: cotton mountboard on artist's frames