Re: Extropic art: symbolism, interpretation & association

Kathryn Aegis (
Sat, 15 Mar 1997 23:33:07 +0000

Natasha More:
>My reason for doing so is that my art does reflect who I am as well as my

I wonder if that relationship between internal philosophy and external
expression is easier to achieve in the visual arts. In the realm of
verbal expression, achieving continuity and plot coherence can lead
to conflict over personal ideals versus remaining true to the central
vision of the piece. The dilemma becomes more intense if the story
itself leads in a previously unseen direction that reveals something
negative about a cherished idea.

Allow me to illustrate by using as an example the story I am writing.
In it there are three characters, two human and one transhuman. As a
group they encounter a particular danger, and frankly, things don't go
well for them. The temptation for me would be to spare the transhuman
character through his utilizing a special ability. In order to maintain
the coherence and value of the story, however, it is required that he
use that special ability to cope with the experience rather than to
escape it. The very act of moving forward in time with the storyline
compels me to face the consequences of the plot and to maintain its
veracity, regardless of my personal feelings regarding it.


Kathryn Aegis