Symbol, Meaning and Ritual In Contemporary Art
REFLECTION AND DESIRE
Our desire for an object is understood through our reflection on it. By reflecting upon our desire for an object, the object appears in our thoughts for consideration; our consciousness creates a representation of an object, then a reflection upon it, or an “intuition.” Desire is the condition for encountering any and all objects, and it can only be observed in reflection. Objects appeal to our senses; if they hold any meaning, it is in and through their materialness. When we encounter an object it makes a demand upon us and we respond. Reflection distances itself from desire by representing the object; in order to be understood, the representation of a particular object is then placed in a context by the viewer.
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