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A Thing Of Itself

Robert Piatek


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A Thing Of Itself

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This painting is inspired by my interest in the concept of Noumenons. A Noumenon is described as a thing of itself as it is which means in exists outside of the phenomenal world we live in so we can't actually see it or them. Noumenons have been a subject among philosophers since Kant but have been part of Buddhist and Taoist teachings for a couple of thousand years although not specifically called a noumenon. There are hundreds of 3 dimensional images of what they might look like. This is my attempt to create a 2D image of one.

40"H × 50"W × 1.5"D
Oil on canvas
Keep out of direct sunlight


My work is inspired by my thoughts, feelings, musings and meditations about reality and whether there is such a thing. Who am I and how do I fit into the infinite cosmos? Buddhist teaching says everything is part of everything else just one infinite, timeless oneness and what we call reality is just a dream, a phantom, a drop of dew, a bolt of lightning. I like that thought.

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