The first phase of Man’s life is emergence from Woman.
The dark passage, as a means of evolution, remains a part of Him.
And Woman, as carrier of Man, is imprinted by His presence within Her.
Having carried Him, the Man is forever part of Her.
This image is obviously a play on male-female energy and the transmutation of these forces within each of us.
In some ways, we clearly label ourselves as one or the other, based primarily on biology.
Of course, there are those who sense the blurring of these lines and the continuum of male-female energy along the spectrum, rather than along punctuated points of either/or.
In certain traditions, the “overcoming” of such dualities is discussed, leading to a sense of union.
This is the typical play of opposites so eloquently and symbolically represented by the yin-yang symbol- in which black carries white and white carries black, only to move and evolve so black become white and white becomes black.
Note that the differences do NOT disappear. That is, black and white don’t merge into some gray color. The opposites remain, but they are contained in a tension that results in movement and evolution.
We are each called to be able to move towards this in our own lives.
Ideas such a “detachment” do not means that we feel nothing. We feel joy, we feel pain, we feel fear, we feel security. Each contains the opposite, and we must be able to hold both at the same time.
We can not know joy with out sadness. We can not know hope with out holding an understanding of hopelessness.
At the most basic level, the picture speaks to this. Every man is born of Woman. Her passage is His relation to the feminine that He will always carry with Him.
And She, likewise, will always know and relate to Him, as She has carried Him within Her and He will be Her connection to the masculine.
Despite being labeled as “opposites”, the two states are inseparable. They are forever linked.
As I have worked with the energy of opposites, the picture emerged.
I chose to show penis/testicles (maleness) emerging from the female vulva as a play on the idea of maleness normally penetrating the female.
If we look at it differently, we see that Man first emerges from Woman. His first act with Woman is thus the opposite of penetration. And the Woman rather than receiving the Man, in Her first act, releases Him.
I know this is another strange post. The art has garnered some comments from my husband such as, “Wow, I see you are in a phallic stage in your art now.”
And, I assume the because the pictures contain images of penises, my favorite comment from my husband, “So… Is this image about me?”