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Some forty years ago, Kasuba noticed that her physical and mental sensations, when stripped of conventional interpretations, were primarily energy events—the body instructing the mind how she fares here and now. From this perspective, her feelings, emotions, and thoughts were messages that differed because each originates in a part of the body that serves some other function.
Now curious whether this assumption worked, the artist started tracking her own sensations in schematic drawings. And as the drawings interconnected, the movements extended into systems that were found to regulate her inner and outer activities.
“The Mind Gazing at Itself” is a record of these findings. These personal observations show how a seemingly insignificant switch in viewpoint (sensations seen as messages) readily bypasses our long-standing perceptions of selfhood. Strung together, one’s physical and mental activities add up to what being human entails.