Video by Matteo Frittelli – Anish Kapoor | Descension for Galleria Continua, 2015
In this interview realised for a recent solo show in Italy, the British artist Anish Kapoor presents his views on what art and artists are. He draws a parallel with a journey « to discover something » which has to provoke a reflection through (maybe unconsciously) philosophical questions, inducing poetry and beyond.
Interestingly, he also makes a distinction between artworks and what those works really are, the same way our own identity cannot be simply resumed in the body we live in.
« If you think of ourselves, our bodies as an object, we occupy ourselves but I know I’m not just this. I think the same is true of all these things that we reflect upon as art. It’s a very special condition but in art there is this possibility of the object being something else. » ― Anish Kapoor
This refers to concepts such as identity, ego and the fundamental question of who we are, as explored by several generations of philosophers and psychologists. I will not initiate a never ending lecture that will cause more confusion than clarification. I will just repeat what the writer Eckhart Tolle wrote in one of his recent works, offering a very contemporary and accessible synthesis of Eastern spiritual teaching and old traditions…
“You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose
Source : http://www.galleriacontinua.com/