AS A LOTUS FLOWER IS BORN IN WATER

Where 'The Lilies of the Field' looks at the destructivity of inner mind chatter which is fuelled by ego...'As a Lotus Flower is Born in Water' examines the conflict which occurs between ego and mother nature; and how they are unable to co-exist on this planet harmoniously. 

'As a Lotus Flower is Born in Water'  is a split screen video installation. The project was commissioned by Hand in Glove, a Bristol based organisation, and was screened for the first time at Motorcade/Flashparade in March 2013. 

Private Viewing - Photographer Tom Gray

Private Viewing - Photographer Tom Gray

            What Josephine attempts to do with her video piece ‘As a Lotus Flower is Born in Water’ is provoke the viewer into a recognition/awareness of the complex relationship man has with nature, and how this has changed dramatically since the birth of the human ego.

            In terms of the age of our planet, it wasn’t so long ago that humanity and nature worked together as one. Man worshiped the natural world like a god, and treated it with respect and adoration. Yet with the dawning of an age of progress, materialism and male-based religions, this adoration diminished. Instead humans believed they ruled over nature and could own and use it for the sake of progress and power.

 

Private Viewing - Photographer Tom Gray

Private Viewing - Photographer Tom Gray

With the ego comes a world ran by thought. Modern humanity experiences the world through thinking – reducing life to a series of words, distorted memories of the past and predictions of an uncertain future. 

Sadly it is all to easy to be swept up in thought – most people remain trapped within it all their lives - like passing through a dream rather than being truly present in their day to day existence.

            And yet there are moments where this incessant thinking can cease. This may be when you see something nature has performed, like a sun setting through the trees or a sea crashing against rocks. However briefly, a stillness can open up inside, interrupting our thoughts and for a split second we feel peaceful. You could say this is a flash of enlightenment and an ability to truly connect with nature the way our forefathers once did. This is the only way a human can truly understand nature – both this stillness and thought cannot co-exist

The video is split into two screens, one depicting nature and the other the human ego. Occasionally we see a sadness sweep over nature as she watches her once ‘fellow’ human companion who has since descended into madness and turned so violently against her. We see the image of nature almost as a constant, as although she is unpredictable, she has always been here. In the eyes of mother nature, the human ego – having only been growing strong over the last 6000 years – is an insolent child.

 

Private Viewing - Photographer Tom Grey 

Private Viewing - Photographer Tom Grey 

            We have reached a point in time where it has become urgent for humanity to transcend thought and re-connect with nature. It was the lack of empathy between human and nature that brought us face to face with the possibility of planetary destruction. Josephine’s video is attempting to draw attention to a problem that the majority of mankind seems to have lost sight of.