Art Up Close: In Conversation with Tamar Zinn (Part II)

What do you see when you meditate?
January 24, 2021

Tamar Zinn describes her paintings as “recollections of ephemeral visual sensations that appear behind closed eyes during meditation. Where I find myself  is where I go to lose my self.” She talks with Kathryn Markel about what she sees during meditation and how that has transformed her work. 


KM: Is this the kind of color and space you see when you meditate?

TZ: Yes—but not precisely this. Much of the work I've been doing for the past few years is an inadequate recollection of what I experience when I meditate, and meditation goes well. When that happens, I'm able to lose myself and have this very sensory experience.


The color and light are way beyond anything in its brilliance that I feel I'm able to capture, but it's extraordinary. It's where I want to keep going in my work and my meditation because it's been transformative for me.