"Ceci Est Un Coeur" is a 14 feet tall inflatable sculpture of a human heart. Anatomical in shape and poetic in scale, it engages its audience in a dialectic between science and mysticism. The easily identifiable form challenges some of the vital characteristics of a heart. Its white color allows the viewer to project new associations. Advancements in science allow us to have a very clinical knowledge of the way the human body functions, depriving it from its emotional qualities and leaving little room for any philosophical questioning. As a hybrid icon of science and art, the giant inflatable heart bridges the gap between body and soul. "Ceci Est Un Coeur" attempts to return the heart to its poetic origins.
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos is a New York-based self-taught artist. She was born in Greece, raised in France, and currently lives and works in New York. Influenced by her multi-cultural background, her work is driven by the desire to locate herself and trace the boundaries of her persona - both physical and virtual. She uses whimsical imagery to engage the audience in a dialogue about identity and how it is created and restricted by the limitations of the body. Her work has been shown internationally in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Canada.