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Ezekiel Schmitt Art

"Schema"

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16"x20"


Acrylic on Canvasboard


 "A schema is a cognitive framework or concept that helps organize and interpret information. Schemas can be useful because they allow us to take shortcuts in interpreting the vast amount of information that is available in our environment. However, these mental frameworks also cause us to exclude pertinent information to focus instead only on things that confirm our pre-existing beliefs and ideas. Schemas can contribute to stereotypes and make it difficult to retain new information that does not conform to our established ideas about the world."
 In this painting the perspective of the Body(ID,Animal Self, Instinct, Physical Desires) wants to direct the Self to the Oasis of Immortality for survival. It uses the senses to drive the Self to eat, drink, sleep ect to maintain the existence of the Ship of Self. It pulls the Self in directions sometimes opposite to the Spirit(Super Ego, HGA, Intuition, Conscience) and the Soul(Ego, Emotional-self, rational/irrational thinking self). The Soul sees that it can do more than eat, sleep, drink. It can build today for the needs of tomorrow to lessen the burdens of the maintenance of the Ship of Self. It drives the Self to create for a future when the oasis dries and can no longer sustain the needs of the Body. The Spirit sees both things as necessary but it gently guides the Ship of Self towards its purpose. To explore beyond the horizon and reach the Netherworld at the end of the desert. Each one sees only one perspective of the Desert of Existence. They each rationalize that their own goal is what is good for the Ship of Self. All three combined are truly what is good for the ship to keep it on its course, but they will not see that unless they turn inward towards each other to realize this by seeing through the view of the other. To understand your direction outward you must at times turn inward and re-examine the schemas you create.
Finished painting at 3:33pm 1/23/22