Artist Chris Doris will release 30 images a day for seven days onto the Westival Facebook page. The 210 black and white images come from Who Goes There, a monumental installation work consisting of 350 text and image works on A4 mixed media on sandpaper, on board: Dimensions variable (2013-16).
Who Goes There is informed by Doris’s interest in utilising observational practices from meditation and psychotherapy in an art context. It is a visual experiment in the cumulative portrayal of a person’s crazy, sad, funny and occasionally wise feelings and thought forms.
Neuroscience and Buddhist psychology (Doris is a Core Process psychotherapist), tell us that the selves we inhabit are not the solid, discrete entities they appear to us to be. Rather, the self is a process, not a thing. It is malleable and plastic like the neural connections it utilises.
Many awareness practices, including mindfulness, employ the witnessing observation of the mind’s conditioned and repetitive activity as a way into a state of presence that is clearer and more open.
Doris applies this in Who Goes There, curious as to whether the cumulative effect is one of disorder or clarity and openness.