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.