The symbol of the immutable truth

If there is any immutable truth in this world, that is, ironically, that there is nothing that stands still or remains unchanged. Everything in this world, be it material or immaterial, is in constant flux, and even what appears to be permanent and impregnable is merely hung in forms of temporality. Time to time, we only gain glimpses of their appearance in fleeting moments, and whether we like or not, mercilessly, change occurs as inevitable and perpetual parts of what we tend to call, the reality.

Even memories that we believe we have total control of and thus able to preserve permanently without a change are, in fact, subject to deterioration in their clarity, vividness and accuracy. When we find pictures of our old times we are often startled, underlining how unreliable our memories are. Indeed, they are also subject to reconstruction and even fabrication.

Be that as it may, we often find it difficult, if not utterly impossible, to relinquish our desire to control situations and rather desperately try to control. This is because the fear of the unknown and losing what we are currently in possession of drives us and impels us towards such rigid and inflexible frames of mind. It is the fear that drives us to desperately hold on to the status quo. The status quo in our immediate environments often represents what is manageable and apprehensible for us right now, and in the face of anything beyond our control that poses a cognitive threat to us, fear takes hold of our mind and thereby paralyses us.

Despite our desire to hold on to the status quo, we also find ourselves in the midst of enormous tides where if one tries to swim against a current, such an attempt often renders to no avail. The complexity of the world and altering dynamics of the universe are simply beyond our control.

Simultaneously, under the water, change is, without ever ceasing, taking place even soundlessly at times. Outside our conscious mind, it is tirelessly at work like an infinitely large hourglass, and yet when the change becomes visible, it is often viewed as particularly significant of an incident that shocks the world as if it has just cropped up all of a sudden out of the blue. Contrary to this tendency, however, change occurs quietly but steadily and the subtlest of changes nonetheless accumulate over time until it erupts manifestly as a profusion.

This invariable truth that everything in this universe is in unceasing flux embodies the cruel truth because, in spite of our desire to hold on to something glorious and wonderful, it eventually dissipates over time. Any systems that once appeared to be formidable and any fortification that had looked impenetrable, in due course, succumbed to ruins, as the history has shown time and time again.

It is probably our fundamental desire or instinct to want to control things because we cannot cope with the sense of uncertainty, which gives us uneasiness and an unsettling feeling that we all have endured every once in a while. To escape from the captivity of such unpleasant feelings, we need to be, at all times, in possession of conviction, assurance, clarity, confirmation, and some piece of evidence that supports our belief, even it is confirmation bias. When we feel lost an intolerable pain of not knowing where to go or stand grows rather excruciating.

It is, nonetheless, not to say that we all have to adopt some defeatist outlook on life, belittling an extent to which we can have influence on our fates and the world around us. This is quite the contrary. Somehow or other, if we manage to arrive at the dusk of the unknown by deciding to embrace change, suddenly the lightness of the mind appears, allowing us to tap into our creative energy that we did not even know we possessed. As a result, it will impact upon not only aspects of our life, but also the lives of others around us.

As we are able to relinquish our desire to control, and instead, accept change, we, at once, realise that the only resource available to us is our creativity. By opening up our mind, we notice things that we did not see before. We would notice resources that we were not aware we possessed. We start to explore new relationships amongst different things to find the use of them. As a result, new connections may be forged, and new possibilities would eventually present themselves before us. In such awakening moments of clarity, a striking realisation would well up in us that the problem is not the lack of resources but the lack of awareness of the resourcefulness. We are already in possession of all necessary resources, and we simply have to work out how they can be used and applied in different configurations. Resources are not only monetary things or materialistic objects but things that are intangible yet with hidden values and unrealised potentials. By exploiting these new configurations and combinations of what has just been discovered, infinite possibilities emerge. Our minds are often clouded with various emotions, social norms and values of others. When the clouds clear, however, there is nothing to block the silver lining.

Of course, there is no guarantee that the outcome is always positive, and, in fact, they often turn out to be rather undesirable. Nevertheless, if one can maintain this affirmative attitude towards change for so long as one lives, constructive results will eventually be derived. Not only from the result-oriented teleological perspective, but also in the course of the journey, countless small happiness enriches our life, and we come to appreciate the age-old wisdom of valuing small things in life. Further, perhaps along the way, even the meaning of life may be found as well.

That is not to say that we all have to remain passive and accept whatever life throws at us. This is meant rather for those who are good at taking control of one’s life, destiny and future. This is simply what has been observed in nature. If there are seemingly insurmountable obstacles, we manoeuver ourselves with greater fluidity and flexibility. Like water, if it cannot penetrate a rock, it flows around it.

The fear of the unknown supplies us a requisite source of energy to tap into our imaginative and creative ability. What concerns us can be reversed and used to our own advantage. And the adaptability represents the advancing life, the unceasing one that underpins the evolution of species. This attitude continues to attract more wealth, more health, more happiness, and more beauty, because these represent the richness and limitlessness of the mind and the vitality of aliveness. And as we all know, perhaps unconsciously, the opposite, encompassing dissolution, fecklessness, and rigidity, represents death.

As the symbol of this immutable truth, this painting has been produced to convey the sense of transience and, at the same time, the infinity of the advancing mind. It is intended to remind ourselves of this immutable truth, particularly in times of enormous uncertainty. And every time we are reminded of it, our life can be peeked through a brighter lens because we are forced to tap into our creative reservoir that we all invariably possess.

To see my artwork, please visit www.masakiyada.org

不変的真実のシンボルとして

もしもこの世の中に 不変的な真実が数少くとも存在するならば、其の一つは皮肉ながらも、 この世界に不変的なものは全く存在せず、全てが移りゆく変化の中で刹那的な様相を呈しているに過ぎないという事でしょう。然し乍ら、我々はその一面を垣間見せられ、混沌の世に、それらの一時的な現象の中に 確信を見出し歓喜を覚えるものです。

ですが、不変は存在しない、という真実とは裏腹に、人間は状況を支配し、コントロールしたいという欲求をなかなか抑える事は出来ません。それは、未知なるものに対する恐怖心が、現在理解しうる範囲で蠢いている現況から離脱する事を抑制しようとするからでしょう。また、現状に安住したいという感情だけでなく、 自分の理解の範疇そのものを現状が記号的に象徴しているからだとも言えるでしょう。

日本の文化は伝統的に危険に晒される様な状況を嫌い、安定を強く求める傾向にあります。現状を維持する事で安定を求めるその文化は、然し乍ら、時として、負に作用してしまう事もあります。もしくは、変化は既に水面下で、また、人の意識の範囲外で静かに、ただ、絶え間なく起きており、それが目に見える大きな形で現象化した時、社会を揺るがす重大な事件として取り沙汰される傾向があります。しかし、それは少しづつ長い時間をかけて積もり積もった変化が表面化し、表層化したに過ぎず、その場で何かが突然起きたという訳ではありません。

この全てのものが絶ゆ間無い変化の中にある、という不変的な真実は、残酷な一面を内包しており、其れ故、何かにしがみ付きたいという欲求は上記の理由から抑え様も無い人間の根源的な感情や本能なのでしょう。ですが、一旦、その真実を受け入れてゆく決心が出来れば、その結果、人々の生活、幸せのかたち、そしてそれを求める過程に於ける様々なアプローチに多大な影響があると思います。また、その影響はむしろ前向きなものになるでしょう。

なぜなら、変化を受け入れ、現状にしがみ付きたい、コントロールしたい、といった欲求を捨てる事が出来た時、人に残された持ち得る唯一の能力、資質は、創造力や独創性しか無いからです。心が解放される事で、今まで目にしなかった事に気づき始め、今まで気にも留めなかった自分の有する能力や資質に気づき、その関係性や新しい使い道の可能性を模索し始める事が出来る様になります 。それは金銭的なものや物質的、有形な物だけでなく、流動的で非物質的なものも含みます。それらを新しく組み合わせて利用し、新たな用途を見出す事で、今まで未知だった可能性を見出す事が出来る様になるのでしょう。

勿論、その結果が常に前向きなものである確証はありません。寧ろ、行き詰まりや躓きとして括られる事の方が多いかもしれません。然し乍ら、変化に対しそれを受け入れ様とするこの姿勢を心が揺らぐ事なく常に保つ事が出来れば、長期的に見た時、必ず建設的な結果が導き出される事でしょう。また、目的論的な見地からだけでなく、その過程に於いても、数え切れない小さな幸せが、人の人生を豊かにものにし、また逆に、そこにこそ、人は生きる意味や充実感を見出すのではないでしょうか。

ですので、未知である変化に対し、それを恐怖のあまり支配し、コントロールしようとするのではなく、其の様な固定的考えを捨て、変化の流れに時には身を委ねる中で、その不安感を想像力の源とし、新たな可能性を見出してゆく事、これ自体に不変的な賢明さを感じます。

この不変的な真実のシンボルとして、ものの移りゆく様、刹那性の中に存在する真実を想起させてくれる象徴になってくれれば、という願いを込めて、この作品は制作されました。例えば、未知への不安に駆られたり、混沌の渦中で進む先を見失った時、この絵がこの真実の提醒のキッカケとなり心情を少しでも明るいものにしてくれるのではないかと願っています。

まさしく、この絵は、描かれた物や生物達が現れては消えてゆくその様を象徴的に捉えようと云う試みの元に制作されています。 この刹那と不確実性の瞬間を、論理や数学によってではなく、視覚的に、また知覚的、視覚本能的に捉える事を意図しています。不確実性を負と見据えるのではなく、それを賛美し、讃える事で、私たちの認識が変わり、想像力という人間の有する資質を十分に活用出来るきっかけになるかもしれません。

また、想像力や独創性といった人間の資質は、美術や芸術といった日本で特別に扱われている分野に限った事ではなく、ビジネスや、企業経営、国政の行先を定める様々な政策の決定、また個人の人生に於いても大いに活用されるべき能力なのです。

普段通らない道を歩いてみる事で、予期せぬ問題に直面する事もあるでしょうが、一方で、知らなかった店を発見したり、新しい人との不思議な出会いに遭遇する事もあるものです。そういった新しい発見や情報がまた普段の生活に於いて新しい生活パターンの礎になったり、新しい変化を齎すキッカケになってくれたりもします。これは取り留めもない例ですが、この真理が、社会情勢、国政、企業経営、子供の教育、個人の恋愛関係、健康など、我々が直面する様々な問題を解決してゆく過程で深い関わりを持つ考え方の一部を形成するのではないでしょうか。

フェルメール、ヤン・ファン・アイク、ヘロニムス・ボッシュ、伊藤若冲など、私はいつも過去の巨匠たちに魅了されてきました。 AI、ビッグデータ、アルゴリズムが私たちの生活の多くの側面に浸透しつつあるこの時代に、視覚言語を通して過去の巨匠達が残した文化遺産を再度現代に紹介する事で、過去の偉人達の築いた素晴らしい文化遺産を次の年代の人々にも託してゆけるのではないか、と願っています。 これもまたここ近年惹かれている主題の一部を担っています。

オンラインギャラリーへはこちらから www.masakiyada.org

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