Soren Kierkegaard: Hairline Crack

Posted: May 2, 2011 in Page 1: The Interface Paintings

2011
Dimensions: 89 by 75 cm, framed.
Media: Paint on wood panel, with wood structure.

Soren Kierkegaard disdained the long line of enlightenment philosophers–all of them–who could go on and on and in the most elaborate, unimaginably logical way (read maze) on the question of “existence”. He said that the only people who can even begin to speak about existence are those who have faced life in its gravest light, where one is faced with the ultimate choice, between life and death itself. Such an anxiety riddled event is often referred to by psychologists as a “traumatic experience,” after which, a person is never again his full self, or rather, according to Kierkegaard, his past self—his past, limited, too-sure-of-himself self.  It may be that Kierkegaard was a little cracked himself.

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