Chiasm, a musing
17th Mar 2013Posted in: Text 0
Chiasm, a musing

When I worked on Chiasm in the studio, I was thinking and feeling much around the nuance of partnership. Something about this piece and what was flowing through me at the time flashed back to my master’s thesis, relationship with the horses, and the partnerships I was calling into my life. Like with most pieces I’ve done since The Waiting Line in 2010, I created Chiasm listening to Sigur Ros at high volume. The song that stood out to me the most is Varud, the one featured at the end of this luminous and powerful video. Meanwhile, I had been obsessed with the work of Dirk de Bruycker – the bold blotches of color like a pronounced Rorsach ink blot.

I worked with the idea of Merleau-Ponty’s Chiasm in my graduate work, especially as it relates to the other ways of knowing the world, and how it could play with the horse-human relationship. I find it a resonant theme in relationship dynamics of any nature – as the self finds itself in relation to self, spirit, other, work, art, life. A dear mentor of mine noted that Chiasm was a ‘pulling me into vitality’ into ‘the gap where life is lived.’

A chiasma is an intersection or crossing of two tracts in the form of the letter X. X is also on the rune for partnership. From the Book of Runes, by Ralph Blum:

“… In love relationships, in business matters, in partnering of every kind, you are put on notice not to collapse yourself into that union. For true partnership is achieved only by separate and whole beings who retain their separateness even as they unite. Remember to let the winds of Heaven dance between you.”

And yet, as heaven breezes betwixt and between, there is an intertwining in mutual orbit. As if 1 + 1 = 3.


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