How can art represent that which is unseeable?
Art has been used in many cultures and at many times as a way of giving concrete form to mystical or spiritual experience. In this way, it has made the dreams, visions, and spiritual journeys of the privileged few accessible to a wider community. In these images, however, the experience of the religious figures—whether a state of ecstasy or awakening—remains internalized. Rather than giving the viewer direct access to these experiences, the images urge the viewer to cultivate his or her own.