Throughout the body of my work the image of the boy or youth has been a consistent feature nested within the metamorphoses and dynamic manifestations of psychedelic visual environments. The result is that the coming-of-age youth is a fundamental thread to the cosmology at large which my work describes.
The reasons for this are multifaceted; the symbolism of the male who is self aware cognitively, emotionally, and sexually but in between pre-pubescence and adulthood, represents an interstice that is in itself accessible to both polarities, and which is, by nature, still formless yet perceptive. Such a condition corresponds inherently to a prime conditionality of psychedelia and enlightenment; a being not concretized or conditioned, but still discovering, uncovering, reveling.
He is still plastic respective to identities of gender, still androgynous, still capable of a type of non-ordinary dreaming. He is charged with inherent vitality.
Taken further, such qualities represent the very hope for the innovation of society at large to turn over the paradigms of the old. This is perhaps why in older symbolic systems, such the Tarot card entitled “The Fool”, the boy often represents that which contradicts the orthodox paradigms because of the apparent chaos of his nature. Seeded within his shenanigans lies an intention which gives birth to literal new worlds, should the real dangers of karma be overcome.
The psychedelic boy also symbolizes the inherent child in us, the incomprehensible being that is both old in soul and young, wise and given to zen folly, passionate and cool. He is unaccountable to the laws of the land because they are incapable of accounting for him. His process is an adventure of the heart and mind which, in its prime capacity, transcends all the structures and organized perceptions of the social psyche, and even of his own form.
He is ignorant locally, but wise cosmically. For this reason, too, he is by nature a forbidden fruit, an ambrosiatic Adonai adonis. His seduction is twofold; in the fetish of him lay devils and exquisite dangers, and in the communion with him lay divine Tantric oneness. To merge with the psychedelic boy one will necessarily lose all comfort zones and must rely instead upon the sensitivities of the heart and the expansion of the mind from objects to atmospherics.
In the process of shucking off the tenets of his entrenched world, the psychedelic boy, upon resolving himself, also resolves the petulant attachments of his society. He gives birth, expressing a great female principle, byway of his ingestion and recapitulation of the universe; his transformation of poisons into illumination. He possesses Christ nature and divine sacrificial capacity.
In my work the psychedelic boy is both seeker and source, reveling and teaching simultaneously. He is the Bodhisattva; a womb for Buddha nature, an egregore for the local manifestation of God, the compassionate avatar star child born to the terrarium of ordinary humanity. He is courier of a kernal of creative originality– through the tribulations of his local form through samsara he finds the way. In his example, we see tangible possibility.