Sun DamageKate Colby
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By way of beauty and aging, math and mirrors, Sun Damage locates the velvet ropes between language and understanding, where “a conundrum is a semantic impasse, not an actual condition of the world.” What are the proportions of the self, and to what extent might one measure the blur of the body through self-observation, self- erosion, or self-reflection? Kate Colby gracefully gathers evidence of the self’s fading (“Cognition is the mist on the mirror I write in with my finger, but it always disappears in the time it takes to see it”) via serial mini-essays—a series of “dark questions”—which accumulate as shards of contemplative rage, violent static, and threatening strength. These are mirror moments: sharp, clear, and uncanny, as well as deeply curious of art’s ability to satisfactorily replicate anything authentic.
AN EXCERPT FROM EP 88
“That I perceive myself as distinct from everything else makes me a broken mirror—not cracked, but in the sense of a broken record, out-performing its role, silently turning into the night.
Cognition is the mist on the mirror I write in with my finger, but it always disappears in the time it takes to see it.”