”Closing” – the author’s reflection

17 October 2020

What I find interesting in the series of presented paintings is the process of their reception. It’s also a part of the creative process which makes it complete. Reception and interpretation of visual stimuli is an intellectual function of processing information from the surrounding world.

The images that reach us evoke cognitive anxiety and activate deep aspects of self, which, even unnamed, still exist as our subjective experience.

They become the essence of our internal space. They activate resources of memory, our reminiscences and perceptions.

We happen to get in touch with the experienced meaning when, for example, a memory appears, some emotion, association with something that is our own, but does not yet have the dimension of thought.

It is a holistic, delicate impression, which is vague and blurry, but also unique. In a preliminary phase, not clarified yet. From the outskirts of consciousness. These premonitory prospective insights into the schemes of yet unarticulated thought constitute as much as a third of our mental activity.

Consciousness is not necessary to cognitively process even very complex stimulus. Contemporary science does not doubt the existence of mental processes we are unaware of, occuring beyond the subject’s intentional control that influences our perception and understanding of the world. It manifests itself through the phenomena and mechanisms of visual processing. One of these is the process of closing – our tendency to ‘mentally’ complete or close the gaps in geometrical figures and to perceive incomplete, open figures as actually complete.

Visual images are thus not only components of culture, but they also contribute to intrinsic mental processes. Even if not designated by the subject, they constitute our inner resources. They form our individual internal landscape, influencing various aspects of thinking and life activity.

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