Sublimation
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2016-03-24
Bronze
800 x 250 x 210 mm
11 kg
Edition size : 1
Catalogue no. : SC241BR

The verb sublimation is from the Latin word sublimare, meaning “raised to a higher status.”

"In psychology, sublimation is a mature type of defence mechanism where socially unacceptable impulses or idealisations are unconsciously transformed into socially acceptable actions or behaviour, possibly resulting in a long-term conversion of the initial impulse. It can also be the diversion of the energy of a sexual or other biological impulses from its immediate goal to one of a more acceptable social, moral, or aesthetic nature or use. In Science, sublimation is the transition of a substance directly from the solid to the gas phase without passing through the intermediate liquid phase. When the surface layer of snow or ice turns into fog or steam without melting, this is an example of sublimation." Any solid that goes through a sublimation process or "phase transition" is referred to as a material that will "sublime". According to a 1757 thesis on aesthetics written by Edmund Burke, the Sublime is what has the power to compel or destroy us.