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GC Myers- Come Into the Clearing

Come Into the Clearing-  At the Little Gems exhibit, West End Gallery

It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. I am watching you – are you watching yourself in me?

— Lawrence Durrell, Spirit Of Place: Letters And Essays On Travel

Author Lawrence Durrell was writing about travel in the excerpt above that describes the traveler looking for some part of themselves in each new landscape they come across.

I think the same can be said for art.

We look for something in each work of art that engages with a part of ourselves, something that either reinforces our self-identity or illuminates parts of it that we had not yet recognized.

That painting on the gallery wall might well be whispering that question as you stand before it: I am watching you – are you watching yourself in me?


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