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PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF ART

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RED

The Paranoic Critical Method was invented by Salvador Dali, who imagines himself to be controlled by others. Dali's description of his method relates closely to Red's research and understanding of the psychology of domestic violence. Her work expresses the sense of being controlled mentally by another, an abuser, through the method of surrealism and the Paranoic Critical Method.
Red is inspired by the philosopher Neitzche's Dionysian theory, where art celebrates reality, however harsh, cruel and unpleasant to look at. "The true essence of life is devoid of rules and constraints, and that it is the first and absolute truth of existence." (Nietzsche)
"Reverence" reflects the need to hold ourselves in high regard, regardless of our situation. Sometimes it is the only freedom we can have, a form of liberation that no one can take away from us. "To choose the Dionysian path is to cultivate a triumphant affirmation of life as it is, recognizing and accepting all of life, including its horrors and its darkest aspects". (Scholle)

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