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To See the World in a Grain of Sand


Notes from 'To See the World in a Grain of Sand' (academic journal about Wolfgang Laib's work)

  • "herein lies the opportunity to consider the visual image of interconnectedness and experience of interpenetration as a possible 'spiritual' concern within these works and to negotiate the idea that human beings are the product of particles and molecules, at once particular and infinite, within a boundary but also boundless." Pg 57

  • Use of simple life-sourcing materials foster an arena of contemplation and gesture at notion of regeneration. Pg 58

  • Practice emphasizes asceticism, process, unending change, the merging of object and experience. Pg 59

  • At the core of his practice is a folding of life into art that is informed by hermetic and meditative processes

  • Switching from hard edges to soft feathered edges extended the work beyond the sculptural and into an amorphous spatial expanse. Ambient infusion of space. Pg 62

  • Pollen works create multitude of spatial and optical deceptions: boundless, shallow, deep, floating, immersive. Pg 62

  • Indras net - each jewel is a grain of pollen and each grain is connected. Pollen is alive, its particles sharing a life in this universe with the human beings experiencing the. Pg 65

  • Pollen art is a vehicle for vibrational sensation and higher consciousness through which the separation between self and world collapses. pg 68


Jeffery, Celina. 2013. “‘To See the World in a Grain of Sand’: Wolfgang Laib and the Aesthetics of Interpenetrability.” Religion & the Arts 17 (1/2): 57–73. doi:10.1163/15685292-12341254

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