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The Crystallization of All Your Emotions You Never Knew



Taoist esoteric practice puts tremendous emphasis on the five organs from Five Element Theory in Chinese Medicine: heart, stomach, lungs, kidney, and liver. Each organ has a compass direction, a physical material (earth, metal, fire, wood, and water), a color (yellow, green, white, red, and blue), a season, a taste, and smell, an orifice, and most important a positive and negative emotion. For example, the liver is the season spring and the color green, whose attributes are kindness and anger. Taoist meditation visualizes and connects these inner organs to heavenly forces where negative energy is transformed into positive energy necessary for physical healing and spiritual transformation. 

The Crystallization of All Your Emotions You Never Knew originates from Garten's Taoist meditative practice and manifests the form of the five organs as geologic crystalline structures, at twice life scale, to emphasize the exteriorization of our hidden emotional center. The growth of the crystals into sculptures embodies both heavenly (upward) and earthly (base) human urges, suggesting the continual process of health, disease, life, and death as the alignment of earthly and heavenly forces. 



Cliff Garten

The Crystallization of All Your Emotions You Never Knew, 2013

Seven Parts, H 26” x L 42” x W 22” Overall