July 5th, 2007

Penetrating the Ineffable

In response to my post with the face of "that woman" obscured, duccio provided a powerful metaphor:

Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers often advise their callers to fix the red warning light on the dash with "black tape" when they have an unknown, looming and troublesome car problem. It saves a lot of expense in the long run, on a repair that probably was less cost-effective than driving the vehicle to it's imminent totality and finding a new one.

Originally I had in mind the ancient Egyptian practice of effacing inscriptions and likenesses in temples and tombs. Like what happened to Hapshepsut, the only female Egyptian ruler who publically claimed to be Pharaoh and who tried to prove that she was a man despite her female body. Ikhnaton suffered the same fate.

Along these lines, during the recent French election the candidates of both parties saw a great number of their campaign posters mutilated, and the interesting thing is that most frequently attacked were their eyes. Which is a symbolic attempt to obliterate their very souls.

duccio understands we may create images in both a conscious and subconscious way in our attempts to penetrate the ineffable.