Aisthesis, (greek: “to breath in”), is the space between our practiced senses of touch, taste, seeing, hearing, and smelling. It is feeling, it is a common sense that unifies the others. The organ with which we experience and perceive aisthesis is the heart. Heart based perception is for me an essential practice, without which i would be lost, in this age of constant sensory distraction and reductionist linear explanations of the world around us. Ancient peoples utilized this awareness on a daily basis, communicating directly with the plants around them to understand their many uses, with animals to ask for assistance in feeding and clothing their families and with the spirits of the land and sky for guidance along the way. Aisthesis is our direct communication with the spirit that moves in all things.
i created this piece many years ago for the first (& last) annual “heathen art show” here in portland at optic nerve arts, curated by a. von rautman and markus wolf. it’s a 7 color kid skin applique tapestry measuring about 2 1/2 ft wide by 3 1/2 ft high. the design is inspired by ancient hungarian “magyar” motifs.