The Aviary


The starting point for this project was the image of an aviary, which Plato presents as a simile in his Socratic dialogue Theaetetus. When I first read Plato’s simile, as translated by Martin Heidegger in The Essence of Truth, I could see the image being offered, but what it hinted at was unclear, yet it motivated me to make work that built upon this initial seeing.

My approach has been multi-faceted, employing painting, drawing, and writing. Writing has focused on creating a commentary on Heidegger’s analysis of the Theaetetus, designed to lead to an understanding of Plato’s simile, published as a series of blog posts on this website. Painting and drawing is currently focused on enacting the simile in my studio.

Derek Hampson