In my last post, I briefly described my current project surrounding the notion of escapism. “What instigated this work?” you might ask. I think the urge to move to somewhere else in hope of finding fulfilment is a common thought. But where is this place? Will a change in location solve worries and problems? Let’s face it, this island is becoming hectic and claustrophobic. I am a person who looks for peace and quiet, places in solitude where I can pay more attention to the sounds of the earth. To be fair, this might be an impossibility in the material world. There can never be total silence.
But this is especially true on such a small island. There is always someone else in the vicinity breaking the ‘silence’ - a car in the distance, a plane taking off. Actually, people tend to be afraid of silence. For every excuse, people get utterly noisy; hitting the streets and honking their horns at celebrations, playing loud music, speaking loudly just in case third parties are interested in joining their conversation, and don’t get me started on the sounds of construction that fill each corner of every street.
However, to be truly at peace, it is not just about silence. You have to be free from thought; disconnected from the material world. I find it really hard to focus on the present and appreciating the current moment. My mind wanders off, thinking of what I shall do next, all the things that need to be done - chores, work etc. Thoughts and worries about the future that never fade or overthinking past situations, things I could have done better or looking at past experiences in nostalgia.
Sometimes, I think that moving away from city life - a lifestyle that has infected the island - could help me. The frustration of this noisy nation could fade away and be replaced by the calmness of the ocean, birdsong, trees swaying in the winds. Sounds that calm you down, freeing yourself from the burdens of everyday life. I am not speaking about meditation here; it is not a luxury I am referring to. This is a basic survival need. A necessity to keep sane.
Anyway, here are some more progress photos.