Elements: David Ligare
The essence of foundational imagery and philosophy in cultures around the world is the balance between opposing forces. This is true in ancient Greece as well as in ancient China (yin-yang). For many years I have made paintings that illustrated this idea. Many of my earliest still lifes were about objects in opposition, for instance a rock and a leaf candles and a sponge. In his essay, “The Birth of Tragedy,” the German Philosopher, Frederic Nietzsche called this the “primal unity.” He used the example of the dichotomy between the Greek gods, Apollo and Dionysus as examples of these opposing forces, Apollo being the god of order and rationality and Dionysus, the god of wine and irrationality.