In Equally Empty, I transposed the space of a small graphite drawing of a labyrinth into a physical spatial encounter. The viewer is able to immerse themselves sensorially and find solace in space and in spaciousness. By designing an installation which is informed by my research of phenomenology and my research in eastern philosophy and contemplative practice, I was able to interweave insights from both fields into this work. Spatial experience leans toward my readings in phenomenology and phenomenal art, while spaciousness leans toward my meditation practice and immersion in teachings of eastern philosophy, namely Buddhism.
The idea of emptiness for me is a non-material event, it is a transformative sense of space and awareness of self. This state of being is attainable when one is grounded in the present, and are empty even for a moment, of that which is outside of the embodied perception of their environment as well as their inner experience.