Grounded, a new exhibit at New York's Westbeth Gallery portrays the meditative seat from a variety of aerial perspectives by showing lines that delineate the shapes of the body.
I interviewed artist and sculptor Heather Cox to learn more about her work, why she focused on the seat and what kinds of statements her art makes.
An excerpt is below. Full interview here. Exhibit is on view until April 26, 2015.
LK: If visitors to Grounded aren’t familiar with the practice of meditation, what do you hope they learn from your art?
HC: If people don’t see a body—meaning if they see an abstract form—I’m fine with that. I’m curious to find out what people do recognize when they look at these shapes. We’re so hard-wired to recognize certain parts of the body—faces and eyes, especially. Some people will see those types of things. We also have this tendency to look at edges. I wonder how much we can carve away and still find a figure that’s recognizable, or a figure that’s embodied in some way.
Others have told me that when they look at these lines, they see orbits and pathways of electrons. So whether or not people see or understand this as the shape of a body isn’t important. I’m interested in the abstract form as well.