Rhythm and Balance in Sculpture and Poetry
Book chapter, 2013
Rhythm might stand for the contrast between balance and movement, rest and
conflict, in a piece of art. In this paper, we show that rhythm works as an organizing
power as well as a producer of meaning. Both characteristics relate to the fact that
rhythms activate internalized bodily experiences. Lena Hopsch has the perspective of
producing art, and Eva Lilja forwards the perspective of academic reception analysis.
The concept of rhythm is basic in all forms of art. It is common in descriptions
of music, poetry, sculpture and painting. Sometimes rhythm seems to be too broad a
concept to really tell anything important about a piece of art. Certainly there is need
for a definition. Here, we explore aesthetic rhythm as a tool for a better understanding
of two art forms: sculpture and poetry. We consider rhythm as a form of perception
that governs both the experience and the production of artifacts. Our tool is cognitive theory, especially the field of embodiment research.