Swing

Dana Freeman's avatar Dana Freeman

The title of this installation comes from the following poem by the 15th century ecstatic poet, Kabir, translated by poet Robert Bly. It’s a poem I’ve returned to several times in my work for its spiritual transcendence and contemporary immediacy. "Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing: all earth creatures, even the supernovas, sway between these two trees, and it never winds down. Angels, animals, humans, insects by the million, also the wheeling sun and moon; ages go by, and it goes on. Everything is swinging: heaven, earth, water, fire, and the secret one slowly growing a body. Kabir saw that for fifteen seconds, and it made him a servant for life." In his poem, Kabir sees something profoundly transformative, the universe suspended and endless. His inner vision humbles and changes him. When one’s experience is ecstatic-- unmooring and incomprehensible-- I believe it’s a moment when we’re most open to the unfamiliar, and perhaps see ourselves in others. As an artist, I attempt to make work that alludes to this kind of experience. For us all, encountering the arts and seeing the expression of another can tap into what makes us human. It can lead to a conversation, and empathy. Perhaps in this infinite, swinging, universe “between the conscious and the unconscious”, there is time for everyone’s story and room for everyone’s redemption.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: @2'
  • Medium: digital photography, glass, ink
  • Width: 12' - 18' (Variable)
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 8-9'