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Body & Soul

Maddison Chaffer's avatar Maddison Chaffer

In a modernized world or grocery stores, air conditioning, and desk jobs, it can be easy to forget that we are physical beings. We are bodies that experience exhaustion, exposure, hunger, and age. We are also bodies that experience taste, rhythm, laughter, and warmth. Our entire human experience is made possible only through the reality of being embodied. At the same time, our self awareness grants us a feeling of being set apart; different, somehow, from the rest of our environment. From this evolutionary fluke, we developed transcendent concepts like souls and sanctity. The result is the infamous body-mind problem that philosophers have argued over for ages. Can individual behavior, social anxieties, relationship patterns, political structures all be explained by physical motivation—hunger, companionship, survival? Or is there genuinely something more? Something greater than the sum of our parts? Both the physical and the spiritual can be key to the human experience.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 2D
  • Medium: exterior paint
  • Width: depends on venue
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: depends on venue