Cocktail reception with the artist, Thursday, August 10th, 5-7pm at Topping Rose House | 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York presents a new body of work by Stephanie Hirsch titled, Meditation Wheel: Journey to the Center of the Soul, that invites the viewer into a labyrinth of self-reflection. Finding inspiration from the shape of the Mandala, a sacred symbol often regarded to represent harmony and wholeness in the universe, Hirsch focuses on the meditative journey of uncovering a sense of self within the universe.
Across this body of work, Hirsch uses her choice medium: gradients of stitched beadwork. Hirsch not only finds the reflective nature of beads to parallel the processes of introspection and self-discovery, but also views working with beads as a personally meditative experience. As she creates each distinct piece, Hirsch delves deeper into her own thoughts and emotions.
In each Meditation Wheel, Hirsch integrates words and phrases that are thematic commentary. These writings come from both personal musings and various outside sources, such as Wayne Dyer, Yogananda, Michael Singer and Eckhert Tolle, allowing Hirsch to seamlessly blend insights from her own journey of self-transformation with lessons from the lived experience of others.
Drawing on Buddha’s insight that “All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind,” Hirsch is deeply invested in using artwork to explore how thoughts and perceptions shape our reality. She states that “by becoming our own inner master one can manifest the life that they desire, find peace in their soul and become unconquerable.”
Meditation Wheel: Journey to the Center of the Soul allows viewers to contemplate questions of self, drawing their own unique insights from Hirsch’s perspectives, the textured and colorful work she creates, and the physical journey of walking through the collection.
Stephanie Hirsch is a New York-based mixed media artist whose conceptual works explore themes of self-transformation and awareness. Stitching together words and imagery representing notions of strength, courage, humanity, and renewal, Hirsch questions and repositions everyday phrases. She repurposes objects generally considered masculine in nature and feminizes them as a way to show the dichotomy and duality within us all. She has exhibited with numerous galleries and museums, has participated in various art fairs, and is part of several permanent collections such as the Newcomb Museum at Tulane University, and the Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach, Florida.