Slow Down

by Kelsey Zalimeni

In this day and age, it seems we're always on the go. Our smartphones connect us to everything, everywhere and unplugging even for a moment threatens to deprive us of vital information or updates. Whatever happened to meditation, to stepping away for just a minute to breathe? Through her Balance series, Carole Feuerman reminds us to do just that.

Despite her busy schedule and demanding career, Carole has never lost sight of the importance of rest and reflection.  In Balance, we see the evocation of sound mind and soul- the figure is fixed in a state of repose and reverie. Her literal posture is set in Lotus, a classic meditation position for physical stability.  The ease of her curving silhouette reflects a powerful tranquility. 

Balance, 2008-2011 Oil on Resin, 36 x 32 x 18 inches, Collection of Lois Robbins, New York, NY

Balance, 2008-2011

Oil on Resin, 36 x 32 x 18 inches, Collection of Lois Robbins, New York, NY

Matisse once called art 'the armchair of life,' an experience through which people could escape their everyday worries.  The mere act of observing a work like Balance can take us to that place, stealing away to retreat if only for a few moments.