words Shania Parker
Interpretation is an art and one we must practice rigorously. To establish ourselves in a state of greater comprehension, we look to the face of criticality; but how customary is this garment of query? Do we accept too easily? Are we misguided when reaching for the understatedly, accessible rose-coloured glasses when confronted with the choice of them or a magnifying glass, which offers us a deeper look into both introspection and extrospection? Are we simply too comfortable to move from a view that is so unproblematic? Maybe so. Though, the truth is a mountain: once you do the hard work to reach its entirety, the rest of the activity unfolds, in contrast, naturally.
On the other hand, when there is a message to be apprehended, there is always a sender who dispatched it, and we are reliant on that character to emit the message, honest and true. In one account or another, we witness that truth is not guaranteed from others, but something we must ascertain ourselves. The scientists examine it, politicians twist it and philosophers theorise it; we… we must query it and look for the nuances—the shades of grey. We should opt to remain open, imaginative and searching in seeking truths—to reach and see the hidden honesties that lay obstructed before us.
In edition 46, many truths are divulged, whether personal or universal, you will discover a raw vulnerability. This issue features Georgina Karatassas’, Time, a surrealist image that dissects the dark themes of—you guessed it—time and the relentless human bustle. A contemporary artist, Stephanie Doddridge shares Skin Crawls, an enrapturing exhibit on abjection of the human body. On page 6, you’ll find a pungent text, written by Colin Herring on the dynamics of government and its evolution. In the solidification of painful truths, we must also note the heart-wrenching text Newsletter, written by Oksana Steele on the disaster that has spurred in Ukraine.
I hope every item in this magazine touches your heart.