Robert Barry describes in his work It is wholly indeterminate (1970) something as present and real as absent and intangible. An entity, a dimension or a state of consciousness unspecified, inefable, invisible, unconscious, unaccessible. This elusive 'thing' is what I describe as the numinous.
The numinous has been tentatively described by artists, philosophers, writers and scholars from different angles to accommodate it as a phenomenon within the limits of language and material representation. But the numinous has always escaped the full grasp of rational understanding and it has wandered instead in the liminal space between the internal and the external, the ephemeral and the eternal, the invisible and the visible and most importantly, the human and the divine. For millennia, it has been the very essence and purpose of art. Now, in the era of disenchantment, when everything has been reduced to politics and economics, the numinous is rumbling again in the West.
My art practice, mainly portrait photography, searches for optical dimensions where the numinous, understood as an ulterior and transpersonal dimension of the self, enables a pre-political exploration of identity beyond gender, race, sex and social background. Through my work, the notion of the self is extended beyond materiality to delve into wider aspects of existence. My ultimate goal is to understand what means to be a human with a metaphysical dimension in a secular time.