When Immanuel Kant published ‘Kritik der reinen Vernuft’ (Critique of Pure Reason) in 1781, the work became the most fundamental piece in the history of philosophy. Kant brought a new meaning to transcendent in modern philosophy. Transcendental knowledge is explained as understanding of an object’s existence through sensibility before knowingness of an object. Human’s sensibility of an object depending on senses and intuition in different phrases without depending on the object itself.
Transcendental philosophy is the wisdom of pure speculative reason that studies the objects in the two pure forms of sensuous intuition named time and space. When logic is based on judgments and experiences, pure logic is pushed aside by inner knowledge and senses so that understanding depends on transcendental ideality. As space being infinite depending on the imagination differs and time as human creation without a definite representation are all forms of internal sense, that is, of our intuition of ourselves, and of our internal state. They are all a phenomena because of depending on senses and intuition. When Kant analyzes the phenomena, he emphasizes that understanding concepts is formed by creating judgments depending on experiences so that knowledge is followed by synthesis of imagination belonging to the transcendental acts of the soul. On the other hand, Metaphysics is a science that studies non-existent objects and knowledge that depends on the inner consciousness and senses that it is transcendental. As all these knowledge being non-existent do not hold us back from not thinking of them but also would not help us to come to a certain definition. They are all speculative understanding in nature mechanism as only standing away from knowing but a belief.
In this exhibition analyzing Kant’s transcendental knowledge, my paintings are presenting humans’ chaotic journey of consciousness but also aiming to show that only conscious awareness could lead anyone to personal awakening. I am doing this by not only emphasizing Metaphysics basic thoughts on subtle objects such as God, Freedom and Immortality but also gathering Hinduism’s some of main philosophies to give some aspect. Harmonizing my researches on religious, metaphysical and esoteric knowledge, I am showing the viewer the source of all principles’ resemblance by intending to create deeper awareness in the viewers’ life purpose.
The source of all subtle knowledge in reality depends on human’s inner strength and consciousness. The one who can stand in the knowledge of oneness in the nature’s immortal flight of fact and reality can only become united with emptiness of space. In the act of time and space we can only surrender by staying in presence and abstracting self from senses. The Transcendentalist thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that ‘When ever mind is pure and a divine knowledge comes to it, old departs; the tools, the teachers, the temples fade, lives in presence, withdraws past and future into this moment.’ Discovery of our inner consciousness leads us to the main and only life philosophy, which can connect us to source energy and help to live our life higher than our expectancies. As long as we can stay in this life philosophy flying moments, either a part of history or mythology or spiritual knowledge could stay with us as a tool. They only create awareness within us in the consciousness of our lives.
The oneness of all in religious icons, mythological heroes, Gods and Goddesses, and mystical symbols representing them, numbers relating to the study of numerology in my paintings are aiming to show the reality of us coming from belief, trust and surrender of self. The similar experience that we live in every different piece of the stories in the paintings remind us the deep mystery of our inner power. The choice of questioning and searching for this mystery is a way of coming out of the illusion of outer world and entering in inner reality through intuition. My paintings are a reflection of my own search of self.
I am wishing for the viewer to find part of their self in the work through taking a journey in their own judgments, consciousness, experiences and transcendent state in order to find their own reality in the concepts of time and space.