Being Visible: The Star Matrix Cover & A Personal r[E]volution
A person who chooses to become an artist or an author is by definition a person who didn't want to become a rock star, a movie star or a fashion model! Putting your own face on things is the last thing we introverts want to do, but hey, the modern age ... and then, there's personal development ...
I have spent more than four decades "hiding behind" my art. Of course, with art itself that is super easy - focus on the picture, the sculpture, the artefact.
You won't even notice the artist sliding away into the shadows ...
As an author and writer and sometimes even poet, that's even more pronounced. Mostly there's not even a little head shot of the artist on the cover anywhere.
Well, that's one of those things.
It has serious downsides.
And here we cross over into my other estates, those of being a developer of patterns and a writer of technical manuals on how to make people happier.
Here, my lack of visibility had some serious downsides, most importantly that I and my work became too many people's "secret weapon" - I was making it way too easy to hide the fact that I had done the work, and therefore, didn't receive the credit deserved.
It's one of those things though.
The artist is who makes the art, and the art doesn't make sense without the artist.
There is a reason why people collect "Picassos" rather than just collecting colourful paintings with lots of angles in them per se.
Especially in this modern age, that personal touch, the personal recognition, is of the essence; with social media, you need "visibility."
Social media has had many bad side effects, but it also had some good ones, and this visibility business is one of them.
We want to know the "real person behind the mask" now, we expect this.
We want to see who's doing this, who is saying this, who that is.
And that's a really good thing.
I am in the happy position to choose my own cover art.
So for Star Matrix, and also for r[E]volution 2, I decided to put myself on the cover.
Now we know who is talking here, there can be no mistake any longer.
I think that's the right way to go.
I also enjoyed creating what are essentially self portraits; I think of these much in the vein of explorers of old who would pose with a compass, a map and a globe, so that folk would know they were explorers, for their grand oil paintings.
In these two cover images, I am thoroughly enjoying holding up two works of art; the gold leafed E for r[E]volution, and the core symbol for Star Matrix, the MirrorMan.
What I am trying to tell folk is that these highly technical information manuals about human emotions, behaviour and memory wouldn't even be here at all if their creator had not been an artist; that "art" is important for evolution, for bringing in new ideas. That you actually cannot do revolutionary science without art, if you want to phrase it that way.
"Art" provides us with a way to access wisdom, information and knowledge that cannot be had in any other way. It certainly cannot be had by just talking and thinking with the conscious mind.
You need art for new ideas. Especially so you can break out of old brainwashing, misunderstandings, or to discover things that were entirely overlooked before.
Lastly, by creating two self portraits with art, I feel I can both place the aspects in the right time and context, as well as honour them for their contributions.
The pictures are both non-photoshopped, non-touched up, non-make up or concealer of the aspects who created the work. That seems only right and fair.
It'll be interesting to find out what future covers will be like; these are special to exactly this time, this space, and yes, I absolutely consider them works of art in their own right, proper self portraits in their rightful sense.
The r[E]volution 2 cover:
r[E]volution 2nd edition cover featuring the GoE E and Silvia Hartmann
(and a reference to The Heart of Gold and the essential Heart Position from Modern Energy)
Star Matrix The eBook Cover featuring Silvia Hartmann & The MirrorMan (twice!)
The personal joy is that I am not hiding behind my work any longer. I am side by side with it, showing us both, because we belong together.
I wish earlier aspect could have done this. I would have loved to have seen the younger ones with their art, their work. But hey!
It's never to late to become visible in your own incarnation!