Interiors & Still Life

The Empty Chair is a recurring motif in Art and Culture. It appears in philosophical writing from Rev Nachman of Brastlav to French philosopher Jacques LacanIn Jewish religious practice, the empty-chair motif can be found in synagogues, at the Seder tables, as well as circumcisions.

An Empty Chair can symbolize both absence and presence”.  In the Kabbala, the white spaces between the words are considered “sacred emptiness”. They are as important as the words themselves. Similarly, the French composer Claude Debussy said, “Music happens in the space between the notes.”

An empty chair symbolizes loneliness and loss. Nevertheless. the human imagination has the ability to conjure up the ‘visible’ presence of a person sitting on an empty chair.  In this way, our mind renders the invisible, visible.