means of photography one can in a minute reject as unsatisfactory ninety-nine
configurations of facts and elect as right the hundredth.
sensation of physically operating on the world is very strong in the medium
of the papier collé or collage.
One cuts and chooses and
shifts and pastes, and sometimes tears off and begins again. In any case,
shaping and arranging such a relational structure obliterates the need,
and often the awareness of representation. Without reference to likeness,
it possesses feeling because all the decisions in regard to it are ultimately
made on the grounds of feeling
What an inspiration the medium is!
The painting mind is put into motion, probing, finding, completing.
simple example seems to me to reveal the mechanism of the process. Complete
transmutation followed by a pure act such as the act of love must necessarily
follow every time the given facts make conditions favorable: the pairing
of two realities which apparently cannot be paired on a plane apparently
not suited to them.
Those approaches which have relied upon physical media (an emphasis on the body, on artistic-making and other non-verbal expressive activities, or on the use of various sound or visual recording devices to provide feedback) have tended to see themselves as by-passing language and linguistically-lodged defenses altogether, or else have no clear position as to the relative importance of, or the structural connection between, the revelatory (diagnostic / expressive / cathartic) as opposed to the formative value of these activities. It may be that where adequate epistemological theory is lacking, a technical incapacity to perform effective and precise clinical work on symbolic processes below the limen of verbalization becomes the counterpart of a medical recourse to gross material methods (i.e., psychopharmacology) in cases where the linkages between talk, transference and internalization of verbalized interpretations proves weak.