The Jungle

The Jungle, collage on vintage postcard, 2022

Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself. Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown law. What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life.

C. G. Jung

As you may know, I don’t generally care to analyze or comment on my own work, but the “machine” theme that appears in many of my collages is of interest to me and, perhaps, worthy of commentary. The machine, or gramophone, in The Jungle, to me, represents a need for order and reason, which is simultaneously functional and self-defeating. We can’t open ourselves up to the great mysteries of life without first embracing chaos. Without disorder, we cannot learn to love the unknown.

12 responses to “The Jungle”

  1. I like your written thought here… In recen researches I find harmony with your ideas and image in something I could summarize like as follows: We must accept as our task to dive down into the technical and the intensively earthly, i order that we may sharpen our intuition and inner perception of the spiritual, in opposition.

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  2. I agree with you…I think that’s why the art of living can be so challenging. Living in a world that moves towards chaos and disorder but needing some order and reason to function in a society alongside others..great collage’ 🙂

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