THE OTHER KINGDOMS
Consider the other kingdoms. The
trees, for example, with their mellow-sounding
titles: oak, aspen, willow.
Or the snow, for which the peoples of the north
have dozens of words to describe its
different arrivals. Or the creatures, with their
thick fur, their shy and wordless gaze. Their
infallible sense of what their lives
are meant to be. Thus the world
grows rich, grows wild, and you too,
grow rich, grow sweetly wild, as you too
were born to be.
Excerpt From: Mary Oliver. “Devotions.”
The exhibition “The Other Kingdoms” explores the idea of human interaction with the physical world. Focusing on artworks that portray figures who freely travel in-between reality and other realms, the show offers alternative methods of interpreting our shared reality. A multitude of images—a chair left on a carpet, a voyager encountering the unknown ground of greens, the fading body in water-–blur the line between subject and environment. The outside world is no longer a separate entity. Instead, the external becomes integrated into the interior of the subject. This re-examination of our positions in space and time made a meditative experience of the now possible, we step away from reality for once, in the hope of entering the other kingdoms.