Fine Art Sculpture representing Angel and Devil babies "Light and Shadow"
Artist: Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio
Weight: 70 kg
Dimensions: 71 x 52 x 52 cm
Hand carved from Rock Crystal & Obsidian. Eyes in aquamarine and green tourmaline with rock crystal.
Artwork origin: Peru
Angel and Devil babies, quartz, obsidian, white aragonite, tourmaline, aquamarine, quartz. All metal work in bronze with gold vermeil. Base: chrysocolla and natural botryoidal white aragonite depicting clouds.
Fundamentally speaking, are humans good or bad? It's a question that has repeatedly been asked throughout humanity. For thousands of years, philosophers have debated whether we have a basically good nature that is corrupted by society, or a basically bad nature that is kept in check by society. One way of asking about our most fundamental characteristics is to look at babies. Babies’ minds are a wonderful showcase for human nature. Babies are humans with the absolute minimum of cultural influence – they don't have many friends, have never been to school and haven't read any books. They can't even control their own bowels, let alone speak the language, so their minds are as close to innocent as a human mind can get. However, even though several studies have been made, we still cannot prove anything with certainty. Assuming we are all born pure, like blank canvases it is at some point during our childhood development, we learn knowledge that teaches us to separate things into good and evil. The moment we eat from this tree of knowledge, our shadows are born and we begin to divide ourselves into multiple parts. Furthermore, in our cultural socialization process, we begin to sort out those traits within us that are acceptable to society (the Persona), and those that are unacceptable (which are later hidden away – the Shadow). This is where the Persona and Shadow Self go hand-in-hand: the Persona is the lovable face we present to the world while the Shadow is the face we hide from the world. The creation of the inauthentic but socially-acceptable Persona birthed the creation of the authentic but damnable Shadow. Both are inseparable.
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