In ancient Egyptian mythology, the human soul is made up of five parts: the Ka, the Ba, the Akh, the Sheut, and the Ren.
The Ka was the concept of life force, the difference between a living and a dead person, death occurring when the ka left the body. The "Ka" is a very complex part of the symbolism in ancient Egyptian mythology. Generally, the Ka is a symbol of the reception of the life powers to each man from the gods and it is the spiritual double that resides with every man.
Artist, Theo Edmonds, explores his own personal Ka through performance poetry and an installation of his paintings, found object sculpture and drawings during Art Basel 2010. On December 2, 2010 at 8pm, Theo launches his Art Basel exhibition with a 20 minute performance piece entitled Hustler’s Paradise in the lobby of the Whitelaw Hotel. Immediately following, will be the public opening his one-room installation and contemporary referencing of an Egyptian burial chamber entitled, KA-boom!
“Seven years ago, I was a corporate-zombie. On paper, I looked successful. But, inside I was dying. I was making all the wrong decisions, partying way too much and so on. I was living a corporate lie. I was born an artist and poet. Painting is my very first total memory as a child... the room, the smell, the sounds, the way color transformed a white page. And, it was in part, due to this simple memory of my authentic self that a profound spiritual and artistic awakening began.
After leaving corporate America, I went through a kind of death/re-birth period in my life. These phoenix years transformed me. Now, after many years of hard work, study, performance and showing, I feel that I have finally arrived, for the second time, at the beginning of my authentic life.
So, in a very personal way, Hustler’s Paradise and KA-boom! are the funeral and burial chamber for earlier parts of my life when I was living by someone else’s script. In fact, many of the pieces in the installation are paintings that I did about my former life, then cut into strips and repurposed those strips into new work... a sort of artistic mummification and re-birth into the next life.”