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Clayton Campbell


Trance of Thought – Part Three

In Trance of ThoughtPart Two, “I asked if there is a bigger picture that makes sense of the density of suffering that has arisen in the world?” Perhaps a rhetorical question, the work I am doing is nevertheless seeking to cut through a collective mindset to a clearer field of shared experiences and understanding.

Anyone who is somehow examining, feeling, thinking, advocating, and caring about suffering and injustices in our world, will feel stress that comes in part from starting to be overwhelmed by these cares. The density and passion of deeply felt emotional realities can be overwhelming, creating internalized attachments that are difficult to let go of.

Trance of Thought-Part Three feels like a light is being turned on in a room. At first it is a diffuse light that eventually narrows to a focus and illuminates what is in the room. The multitudinous assumptions, confusions, and attachments that comprise our unceasing mind streams, trances of thought, delusions, dreams, visions, and emotions begin to become visible, tangible, comprehensible.

In making these photographs, the tools vary and I find I am using painterly approaches I learned early in my career along, with brand new AI and glitch software’s and Adobe software, an I-Phone , and a Panasonic Lumix.

All of the images in Trance of Thought- Part Three measure when printed 51” x 66”. The triptych The Furies measures 51” x 198”. I also recommend viewing them on large 4-6K LED screens.

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