Published by Blush Online

June 2019

Photographer: Mia Murphy, Model: Armine, “DUALITY” for Blush Online

Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.

We live in a society of extremes: wealth-poverty, social media-real life, male-female, Democrats-Republicans… the list goes on. When things fall on polar-opposite sides of the spectrum, it’s difficult to imagine that they can ever co-exist. “Divided,” is the term often used to describe the state of our country, but I have a problem with that. To divide is to chop, split, carve up, and does not allow for a spectrum to exist in the way that the term, “duality” does.



1. The quality or condition of being dual.

     2. An instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something; a dualism.

synonyms: doubleness, dualism, duplexity, ambivalence.

The ancient Chinese principle of yin and yang states that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites. The same philosophical concept translates seamlessly into science with Newton’s Law of Attraction, which says that every action has a reaction; that opposites attract and that likes repel with an equal force. Yet, we are finding out, as a society, that things are not black and white; there is a spectrum that allows gray to exist. Which is why this editorial is not just about how things differ, but ways in which they merge as well. It’s about celebrating the balance of yin and yang; the masculine and the feminine, the darkness and the light, the black, white, the gray, and the color.

― Elizabeth Donohue, Web Director