By Veronica McCracken
“I know it’s hard to wrap your brain around, but this darkness can be celebrated because it reveals how deeply you feel your emotions, up or down. Some people don’t have this capacity.”
Hearing this from a friend during the most difficult time in my life was unexpectedly encouraging, and its truth has stuck with me. It goes beyond mental fragility and resonates with our natural crave for potency. There’s a lack of depth without contrast. Appreciation for the balance of opposite elements is nothing new to those of us that are creatively wired. Juxtaposition anyone? It is a beautiful thing. Even those that do not typically articulate why they are drawn to something in particular have an instinctual pull toward compositions that contain this striking balance.
However, what I find to be perhaps more fascinating is the container of these factors. What holds the contrast? What is the bigger picture? Is there a common thread that, even though these words, emotions, marks or perspectives could not be less similar, they are, in fact, related? Darkness is the absence of light, we all know this. So there would be no darkness if there were no light. Winter has set in, and we would not be aware of that if there were no summer. Embracing the entire composition versus focusing on the the singular piece. Not just juxtaposed for juxtaposition’s sake, but for the whole.
I tend to find myself in a constant zoom in / zoom out when it comes to concepts such as these. It is important to be simultaneously aware of the subtle details that describe the more intimate edges of an idea along with the full scope of it. Like what my friend meant speaking to embracing the essence and response to deep pain in relationship to the dimensions of our soul. Zoomed in, zoomed out. When we catch a glimpse of the familiar, can we appreciate its texture and framework along with its context? This question I’ve asked myself as of recent has led to an intentional aim to linger on that edge where details speak to the full picture. Where one can notice nuances, stings, patterns or thoughts and reflect on their role in what is surrounding.
Contrast in scale and contrast in content. Finding the harmonious environment filled with complex intricacies.
Moving forward in this time of year that presents distinct transitions that our bodies consciously and subconsciously react to, let us see beauty brought to light through a contextual perspective. Being aware of the raw and authentic elements that cause a human response and enjoying what that says about our reality. Realizing that each sensation of change or uncomfortable shift is only recognizable because there is an opposite force that lives in a beautifully consistent master plan.
(Poetic Artwork to depict the tension of our experience with obvious contrast in season or geographical location that contain the same foundation)