Inspired by Aristotle, I love the thought of the aesthetic experience containing a catharsis effect, or a purge of emotions. For me, a purifying aesthetic experience consists of layers, or phases. And of ‘comfort zone breaking’. Only when the aesthetic experience challenges you or even momentarily frightens you, can the catharsis effect occur.
In this painting, the layers symbolize the phases of the aesthetic experience: the encounter with a piece of art or with vast nature or an urban experience, the momentary confusion (or even fear), followed by a “how do I grasp this object or phenomenon?”. And finally the intuitive overwhelming, yet extremely relieving, catharsis effect. Catharsis is accompanied with a momentary feeling of being at home in the world.