Secrets of Osiris IIby Melissa Davidson
ABOUT THE ART
SECRETS OF OSIRIS II 2011 5”w X 8”h
Graphite, watercolour & ink on Arches paper
A piece exploring the intertwined and dependent relationship between life and death and the role consciousness plays across both states. What is consciousness and where in the body is its seat? Consciousness is at once a part of the mind, the heart and the bodies ~ and yet, still something more. It moves always, whether we are awake or asleep. It is sometimes inside us and sometimes outside ~ it spends time with us, as us, and then moves on, but we are always connected to it. The consciousness seems to have its own identity, while at the same time having a relationship with the individual. Is it the same in death as in life? Is consciousness, as its own identity, what calls us to bodies, shapes us and sets our destinies? Consciousness would seem to be eternal and immortal, unlimited, unchanging ~ a singularity that somehow runs through everyone and everything. We do not know what consciousness is, but it knows what we are.