About

About

Photo by Kay Baier

Photo by Kay Baier

 

Melanie Vera

Since the times of Ancient Greece, philosophers have been trying to understand the relationship between mind, body, and soul. Descartes coined the term “mind-body dualism”, a theory that the mind is a thinking, non-extended thing, whereas the body is an extended, non-thinking thing. Aristotle states that the soul is not separable from the body and will cease to exist the demise of the body. Plato believes that the soul is imprisoned in the body and yearns to escape, yet there is no definite thing that binds a certain soul to a certain body. There are many different theories regarding the human condition, all of which are still being argued today and will never truly be answered.

Is the soul part of the body? Are the mind and body one? Where is the line that divides material and immaterial? Can the soul live on once the body no longer exists? Where do reason and instinct come from? These are just a few of the thousands of questions that are constantly being investigated in the realm of philosophy. My work visualizes the question of whether or not the soul is separate from the body by using materials and visuals that we believe to understand.

Philosophy has sought to answer these questions of the human condition and correlation over centuries, while simultaneously posing more questions in the process. The relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind, instinct and intuition, thought and matter, and the conceptual self and impermanent self are constantly being argued. Philosophers theorize about the mind-body issue in order to gain a better understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe. The struggle to know all and understand oneself is man’s greatest fault, as there is no answer.