This was an interesting challenge for me since the Whiteout zine is going to be printed only in black and white. If you've seen my other works, they are mostly in seizure inducing colors. I signed up early but contemplated this idea for a very long time. I could've just made what I usually make and put it in black and white, but the idea of whiteout actually resonates with this other philosophical idea that I happened to be thinking about at that time.
It is our personal responsibility to figure out what makes us happy and what our goals in life are. I recently found that when I feel the most "happy" there really isn't much emotions at all. Instead it's a very large calmness and a sense of focus. I don't really feel or think much during these moments, I just sorta "be." There's nothing. But there's everything. It's a very interesting feeling. I guess you can call it whiteout, or you can call it blackout. You can call it anything.
So how do I design "nothing" and "everything"!? Should I just submit a white image!? I think that works in galleries but might not work very well online. *chuckle* So I tried to break down the process of approaching this space. Whenever I think about this space, I feel a strong sense of my own physical presence, which I use to construct the sense of ego and interact with the outside world. I envision my head and my face, and try to take it apart. And it slowly pixilates, slides away and fades.
Then I recite this short verse that you see on the image to myself. It stops thoughts; it stops ups and downs; it stops worries; it stops giddiness; it stops everything. And then I start to see everything.
I don't know if I've conveyed this space successfully in the image, but I tried :)