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IMAGINARY FRIEND

Imaginary Friend - dog

Work Statement: "It wasn't me, it was my evil twin"

How many people had an imaginary friend as a child? How many have one now?
Of strategies in relating to oneself, a familiar one is inner discussion.

A bit of self-reflection suggests that below consciousness there exist
independent competing thought-processes like separate little selves,
who discuss and argue until a decision is made that slowly rises to consciousness,
where we experience it as our thought, feeling, or opinion.

Derrida points out that language doesn't simply reflect reality but shapes it;
we see only what we understand and we understand with words. Today's psychology
suggests that everyone has a personal narrative, an inner story, whose nature, tone,
and character determines how we see the world and therefore how the world treats us.  Finally there are blind spots, aspects of ourselves we cannot or do not want to see. Jung writes that what we are blind to within ourselves we encounter externally as fate.

These images present an unusual or uncommon situation while the text, in contrast, reference the norm, reminds us of the incongruity of the average. The tension in these works often shows a contrast between our expectation of normality in everyday events compared to the unusual or unexpected that occur in personal lives.





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