Mercurial Dawn

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The light of the unconscious ignites a higher world

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Mercurial Dawn

The light of the unconscious ignites a higher world

“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.”
Hermann Hesse

“Young woman at her toilet - Vanitas”, Nicolas Regnier, ca 1626.

We are shaped to hate and fear what we don’t understand and for many times we pursue an instinctive violence rather than rational solutions. Maybe we try to justify that violence when we “demonise” other people, projecting our own flaws into them. This behaviour is not conscious in most of the times but yet, we steal some pleasure from it.

Mercurial Dawn” invites you to meet your own shadow. That dark place within us, we try too hard to keep it buried “six feet under”.  You can ignore, hide and curse that side, but it is a part of you.

“The shadow goes by many familiar names: the disowned self, the lower self, the dark twin or brother in bible and myth, the double, repressed self, alter ego, id. When we come face-to-face with our darker side, we use metaphors to describe these shadow encounters: meeting our demons, wrestling with the devil, descent to the underworld, dark night of the soul, midlife crisis.” – Connie Zweig, Meeting the Shadow.

How often do you question the nature of your actions?

We usually resume our attitudes as good of evil, but if we realise that we are a dichotomy of light and darkness we’d finally recognise we are too complex to be categorised. Nothing is entirely black as well as nothing is entirely white. As soon as we admit it, we reveal the path to confront our own shadow. 

“Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. ” — Carl Jung

Note that the darkest part of our life defines what you are and there is no way to deny it or throw it away. Instead, why don’t you embrace it? Love your faults as you love your virtues and you’ll be complete. 

How often we see our father or mother as a person that is standing in our way? We tend to antagonise them – but there is no one blocking your way, no one but yourself. We auto impose limits because deep down we face the fear of knowing ourselves and what we are capable of. But that is our individuality, that we have to discover.

Visually speaking, the design reflects a mirror. Two faces from a same person seem to fight an eternal battle. The ritualist knife at the midpoint is shared by both figures, they are trying to sacrifice each other in this fight for total domination. Conscious and Unconscious mind live in eternal conflict and reconciliation looks unreachable.  

We talk a lot about balance in a lot of the designs we do, there it is no good without evil. The Most perfect being is a balanced one, just like the symbol of the Yin Yang. 

“No matter how hard you fight the darkness, every light casts a shadow, and the closer you get to the light, the darker that shadow becomes” Plato. 

“Judith” Nathaniel Sichel, 19th century.
“Judith and Holofernes” Abraham Bosse, 1645
“A nude woman doing her hair before a mirror”. Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, 1841
“Two putti with mirror” Louis Ferdinand Elle, after Tetelin, 1654
“Judith with the Head of Holophernes”-Lucas Cranach the Elder, ca 1530.
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