Light As Ash – 2013
Reverse-glass & fineliner on maple plywood•900mm x 900mm
R19500•Price includes frame•Contact firstname.lastname@example.org – based in Johannesburg•
The paradox of survival: To be dynamic, to be fearless and place oneself in danger, is part of the constant need to explore and adapt, an essential attribute that facilitates evolutionary shaping to a constantly shifting environment; whereas to retreat into safety is another means to survive through self preservation, a means to avoid contact with environmental threats and most favorable conditions in which to procreate. It is agreed that both attributes contribute to survival, and is deeply engrained within our instinct. However, the human species differ on an individual level where these attributes vary from one extreme to the next, and this causes conflict on a social level, as we are preoccupied with personal perspective rather than that of the collective. The difference is also generally age specific: the last part of the human brain to develop (well up to mid-twenties), the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex, controls “executive functions” including weighing long-term consequences and controlling impulses. It not only explains the stereotype image of an enraged youth defying his over-protective parents, but also reveals how pertinent it is to evolution, that our species push boundaries specifically during physical prime. Therefore, under the magnifying glass so-to-speak, there is chaos and conflict; but from an evolutionary perspective there is harmony.