© Nadja Bournonville, Untitled #3, from the series Amor Omnia Vincit


© Nadja Bournonville, Untitled #20, from the series Amor Omnia Vincit


© Nadja Bournonville, Untitled #19, from the series Amor Omnia Vincit


© Nadja Bournonville, Untitled #15, from the series Amor Omnia Vincit

“The study of personality presents many beautiful ambiguities as it opens up a limitless landscape of interpretative possibilities. For example, are there a finite number of stable enduring monolithic building blocks of personality in the neurological connections of our brain, identified as traits and constituted by our genetic inheritance, that predict our behaviour regardless of situation? Or are we individually so unique, so phenomenologically idiosyncratic, that to understand personality we have to explore subjective experiences? If so, are all attempts at population generalisation through psychometric gymnastics essentially futile? Maybe it makes no sense to think of personality residing within the mind at all but rather personality is constructed in the language that we use on a day-to-day basis. Alternatively, is the driving force of personality the universal unconscious urges and motivations of existence that if realised unambiguously lead to the annihilation of the human race? These are just four well evidenced, highly respected and sometimes controversial approaches to personality and they produce infinite options when searching for explanations of behaviour. While ambiguity has a controversial place within modern psychological theory, not least because one important goal of work in this area is to produce solutions, alleviate suffering and ameliorate pain and distress, ambiguity is celebrated within aesthetic epistemologies and here beauty is also constructed along an infinite number of ambiguous dimensions.

Bournonville, like a psychologist, presents constructions of personality. Not complete comprehensive structures, but rather she opens multiple seams, narrow and endlessly deep; multiple seams of fundamental personality dilemmas. These dilemmas are interrogated and problematised in such away that we are invited to explore our feelings in response to these elemental questions. Whether these feelings are conscious or not there is no escape from the Faustian Gretchenfrage provoked by the images. An obscured face looking upwards towards a symbolically and complexly textured background. Curtains opening and possibly beckoning us to trust our uncertain feelings of attraction and begin a journey, a drama, where passion, trust and hope have significant roles to play(…)”

Raymond MacDonal (to read the full text click here)

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