gr@y matter series

gr@y matter – the language of shadows encompasses a collection of my so called black and white, but in reality predominantly gr@y analog photographs of my shadows. I manipulated many of these manually in the dark room creating unique images without negatives to illustrate building blocks of my periodic table. As the table of elements offers different elements with which things can be formed and existence takes its toll, so also my table of shadows aims to offer separate emotions, emotion's building blocks with which also complex emotions or emotional states may be formed in reactions of different separate emotions.

The language of shadows is not dependent upon words. One can of course also use words to communicate about the shadow, though here one depends on the understanding of a particular language to understand what is being communicated. However the images of shadows comprising the language of shadows go beyond this. In this I see its universality: there is no need for translation in order to understand it!

However, one has to be careful when speaking of its independent existence. As the shadow, neither completely black nor white, exists visually and metaphorically in a variety of hues of gr@y in between – the question which particular tone will come to the surface depends on the subjective analysis of the particular interpreter. As a result of both, objective and subjective analysis, the language of shadows depends ultimately on its interpreter, acquiring thus just one out of the many possible interpretations. Therefore the language of shadows as presented in my book and this series cannot be claimed as something certain, as something that "is", but rather as something that "may be". expressing as such the true nature of shadows – their never diminishing quality of potentiality.

Eva Petrič

Eva Petric, Gr@y Matter, periodic table of emotions (PDF)

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