Through the works above, one can see my work process in trying to create 3 images that respond to David Foster Wallace’ commencement speech. The part that I am responding to is this specific part:
The point here is that I think this is one part of what teaching me how to think isreally supposed to mean. To be just a little less arrogant. To have just a little criticalawareness about myself and my certainties. Because a huge percentage of the stuffthat I tend to be automatically certain of is, it turns out, totally wrong and deluded. Ihave learned this the hard way, as I predict you graduates will, too.Here is just one example of the total wrongness of something I tend to beautomatically sure of: everything in my own immediate experience supports my deepbelief that I am the absolute center of the universe; the realist, most vivid andimportant person in existence. We rarely think about this sort of natural, basicself-centeredness because it’s so socially repulsive. But it’s pretty much the same forall of us. It is our default setting, hard-wired into our boards at birth. Think about it:there is no experience you have had that you are not the absolute center of. Theworld as you experience it is there in front of YOU or behind YOU, to the left or rightof YOU, on YOUR TV or YOUR monitor. And so on. Other people’s thoughts andfeelings have to be communicated to you somehow, but your own are so immediate,urgent, real.
I am trying to depict selfishness and human tendencies to ignore the ordinary people with real problems who we pass each day of lives. Some of these could be considered complete, but I am not totally happy with them yet. Something just doesn’t feel right yet.