BOOK OF TABOO
exhibition view in the gallery / photo © Kurt Lightfoot
"The most powerful contemporary taboo in my opinion is simply: To own your self.
The color I use is white. On the one hand, I have painted all the pieces snowbound in the incredibly white Latvian winter, all the world around me glittering light.
On the other hand, white soft light coming from “nowhere” is a willful choice. A “child” archetypically is the bringer of the light, a hero. The main task of a hero is to overcome the darkness (the divine, the unconscious) and bring light (the human, the awareness). Let us remember that with the awareness the world was born – “Let there be light!”
The darkness is female (mommy) and the light is male (daddy), and from darkness through light also a child is born and grows up.
Darkness as opposite of light also has the meaning of the ‘sin’ concept.
“Without guilt, unfortunately, there can be no psychic maturation and no widening of the spiritual horizon” (K.G.Jung). Denying to consciously experience the part of shadow (guilt and shame) in us, lets this shadow out in wild – we see the world as a dark place, tainted by sin. Becoming lovingly related to our shadow, guilt and shame, drags our shadow inside us, we absorb it and we become a light. The objective is not – ‘to feel’ guilt and shame – but it is to recognize and accept it. That is the simple alchemy of my book of taboo."