Ariadne’s thread, named for the legend of Ariadne, is the solving of a problem with multiple apparent means of proceeding – such as a physical maze, a logic puzzle, or an ethical dilemma - through an exhaustive application of logic to all available routes. It is the particular method used that is able to follow completely through to trace steps or take point by point a series of found truths in a contingent, ordered search that reaches a desired end position. This process can take the form of a mental record, a physical marking, or even a philosophical debate; it is the process itself that assumes the name.
The key element to applying Ariadne’s thread to a problem is the creation and maintenance of a record – physical or otherwise – of the problem’s available and exhausted options at all times. This record is referred to as the “thread”, regardless of its actual medium. The purpose the record serves is to permit backtracking - that is, reversing earlier decisions and trying alternatives. Given the record, applying thealgorithm is straightforward:
- At any moment that there is a choice to be made, make one arbitrarily from those not already marked as failures, and follow it logically as far as possible.
- If a contradiction results, back up to the last decision made, mark it as a failure, and try another decision at the same point. If no other options exist there, back up to the last place in the record that does, mark the failure at that level, and proceed onward.
This algorithm will terminate upon either finding a solution or marking all initial choices as failures; in the latter case, there is no solution. If a thorough examination is desired even though a solution has been found, one can revert to the previous decision, mark the success, and continue on as if a solution were never found; the algorithm will exhaust all decisions and find all solutions.
Boats are vehicles used to be transported to other realms. No need to reveal the turquoise waters and the rich green mountains because all I need to do is to keep my eyes open and enjoy. The boats are smoothly moving through the turquoise and yet the shadows they leave behind are the images I want to make.
I want to express the shadow parts of this. This meaning the letting go of all that I carried here that I don’t want any longer…this meaning the years of difficult lessons and unnecessary activity…this meaning the desire to exist in a new way with a new perspective…this meaning digging beneath the obvious and touching the obscure, the portal to a new place.
I’m a painter at heart and a photographer by nature. With the iphone and thousands of images to choose from I can create absolutely any image I desire, my options are endless and I wouldn’t have to shoot another thing. This is my most recent piece as I try to navigate through an app called Procreate (ipad) and yes, branching out to an ipad mini in order to use this powerful tool.
Here is another one of those images that merely reflect the subtle energy that we encounter throughout our day. It seems as if one is just on the precipice of something fresh and new by the arrival of those soft, white booties. It couldn’t have happened without all the multiple layers you had to go through first.
As we become aware of subtle shifts within ourselves, our process of creating needs to change. Our old way of producing is no longer valid and is usually revealed by a continual inability to produce in the usual way. These are the times we feel stuck, blocked and unable to get to the end result. It’s such a gift and an opportunity because the truth is it’s our inner perspective that is growing and it’s time to sit back and take a fresh look.
Here are a few of my images printed on Linen as Pillow Covers..
When you allow yourself to create an image from scratch, without a plan, it keeps the mind out the process and allows the image to develop from intuition. The real meaning of this image just arrived and I love it. Here is a quote from Osho and one of his cards: ”Take a deep breath, put the box down, tie it up in a pretty ribbon if you must, and bid it a fond and reverent farewell. Life is passing you by, and you’re in danger of becoming an old fossil before your time!” Osho
The present circumstance requires absolute honesty with who you are. This moment reveals the truth as it is right now and by remaining fully aware you can grow beyond your current beliefs about the people, places and things that you thought defined who you are, momentarily enlightening you.
I love taking an image and pushing it along a variety of paths. This one began as a simple iphone composite last year, then was transferred with other images onto a panel using gel medium. I then photographed that panel and have continued compositing it on the iphone. ”Finding Her Parts” series is intriguing to me because it allows me to make new discoveries both in a process and in myself. I believe here she has subdued parts of herself in response to being more reflective and yet the brightness from her skirt remains in order to stay connected.