Everything is Getting Better / Everything is Getting Worse / Everything is Getting Bweotrtseer
There is a consuming desire to believe that everything is improving and getting better yet this is not what history or even nature indicates. What we do know is that the universe is constantly moving in cyclical patterns that our human perspective assigns positive or negative meaning to depending on if they benefit us or harm our interests. If we are able to take a longer view and step back from our personal investment in developments we see that everything is happening simultaneously and therefore as much as things are getting better they are also getting worse.
Inspired by the street signs of Vietnam, I created a light mantra of sorts with this sculptural work. The sign repeats in an infinite loop these statements: Everything is Getting Better / Everything is Getting Worse / Everything is Getting Bweotrtseer
The author and philosopher Albert Camus expands further on the inspiration behind this work when he writes in his essay entitled "Absurd Freedom": I don't know wether this world has a meaning that transcends it. But I do know that I do not know that meaning and that it is impossible for me just now to know it. What can a meaning outside my condition mean to me? I can understand only in human terms. What I touch, what resists me – that is what I understand. And these two certainties – my appetite for the absolute and for unity and the impossibility of reducing this world to a rational and reasonable principle – I also know that I cannot reconcile them.
What other truth can I admit without lying?