Mary Mazurek

Interdisciplinary Art

Contemplation in the Garden of the Real and Imagined

Contemplation in the Garden of the Real and Imagined
By Mary Mazurek

Contemplation in the Garden of the Real and Imagined is an installation piece consisting of video projection and immersive sound creating a contemplative catalyst for meditation. The artist attempts to ease the difficulties of meditative practice by utilizing highly controlled nature in a real/artificial space in order to create a respite from the fast paced world. Though, this idealized meditation room sparks several questions:

If it is so difficult, then why should one meditate? Why does it seem necessary to exert control in order to give up control? What is real and what is artificial? Does one need the actual experience of a physical space, or will simulacrum suffice? Is it possible to create the perfect mediation space devoid of interruptions? Why do humans prefer a controlled experience with nature?

These issues arise when exploring the auto-controlled space created by Mary Mazurek. She is questing the gaps created by ones mind in relation to physical and mental space. Is there really a state of ultimate, peaceful, spiritual experience in artificial space? Help answer these questions, and perhaps you will find your third eye.

The artist would like to thank the following people who helped in the realization of this piece: Ken Burkhardt, Lucas Burkhardt, Paul Catanese, David Jude Greene, Gary Khan Jennifer Magnus, Clifton Meador & Jeanine Mellinger.


Exhibited: Friday, April 29 – Friday, May 20, 2011

Center for Book & Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago


Written by marymazurek

April 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

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