What first alerts us to all the dangers of xyz, and thus what makes us aware of our own vulnerability, is ambivalence.
“We are ambivalent, in Freud’s view, about anything and everything that matters to us; indeed, ambivalence is the way we recognise that someone or something has become significant to us. This means that we are ambivalent about ambivalence, about love and hate and sex and pleasure and each other and ourselves, and so on; wherever there is an object of desire there must be ambivalence.”
— Adam Phillips, “Against Self-Criticism”
Vulnerability is not explicit, it exists in subtext, hence it can be conveyed clearly in literal and abstract work.
***Frida Kahlo Essay Canvas as Skin John Berger
Deconstruction of the father, reconstruction of the father Louise Bourgeois book
philosophy in the most basic, existential sense is the activity of the self-conscious mastery of one’s being mastered. In essence, any human being will find herself in a situation that vastly outstrips her, and that shapes her while limiting her existential possibilities. She philosophizes when she engages in a self-conscious attempt to master her situation of finitude. pg 9
this is why we philosophize: because there is desire, because there is absence in presence, deadness in life; and also because there is power that is not yet power; and also because there is alienation, the loss of what we thought we had acquired and the gap between the deed and the doing, between the said and the saying; and finally because we cannot evade this: testifying to the presence of the lack with our speech. In truth, how can we not philosophize? (Lyotard 2013: 123, emphasis mine) pg 10