The Bodily Ego | 2021
In 1923, Sigmund Freud wrote in the “Ego and the Id” that “The ego is first and foremost a bodily ego; it is not merely a surface entity, but is itself the projection of a surface” and “the ego is ultimately derived from bodily sensations”. Freud’s ideas about the roots of the ego, the id, later found scientific backing, as neuroscience proved that feelings can be the direct perception of the internal state of the body. Freud’s attention to the body's role in psychic life is what has inspired this recently began series of paintings. With human psyche being my largest area of interest, and human body my most frequent painting topic, I’ve decided to examine the relationship between the two in an introspective way. I’m observing how the body and bodily instincts both express and facilitate the emotional and cognitive evolution that happens continuously in one’s life. My ultimate goal is a sense of self-fulfilment and the path leading to that is through identifying and expressing one’s ego understood as self-esteem, a harmonic union between the mind and the body.
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