Am I the consciousness or am I the vehicle of consciousness? In Japan, these two alternatives are called the ri hokkai (the general realm) and the ge hokkai (the individual realm). The Japanese say: ge, ri, mu gai (individual, general, no obstruction). When you identify with the consciousness then you can let the vehicle go. You have identified yourself with that which is everlasting. You realize that you are one with the consciousness in all beings. 
Joseph Campbell, Transformations of Myth Through Time, 1990 
“My inspiration is almost always the same,” observes Dana Zámecníková. “It is what I know well: friends, relationships, relationships between men and women. My personal ones and the general ones, those of the present, and the past.” Relationships – individual and general – are the focus of Dana’s elaborate constructions of plate glass, paint, pastel, and pencil. Figures of men, women, animals – and combinations thereof – dance, prance, hang, and otherwise float in spatially-rearranged, light-filled spaces of glass. A human shadow glides past, interrupted by a solid table leg that juts between dimensions like the sound of an alarm clock interrupting a vivid dream. Dana’s environments, redolent of the unconscious, act as numinous stages on which thoughts, feelings, and emotions are projected and received. We may not know exactly what activity is taking place there, but we recognize it, responding to cues of posture and gesture. In Dana’s worlds, even petty interactions reveal truths about the nature of human experience. Individual, general, no obstruction.

Tina Oldknow
Curator of Modern Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

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