Small Landscape Day 54

Claudia McGill says: In between. Neither one nor the other. Shadings of meaning. When seasons change, for example, the old and the new mix together. But we only think of things this way because we have created a framework to fit the year into – what if we drew the lines differently? The in-between becomes the middle, the apex, the center point? Where really does one thing begin and another end, if you can just re-draw the lines?

Small landscape, Day 54 - 6" x 6" on Masonite.

Small landscape, Day 54 – 6″ x 6″ on Masonite.

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8 thoughts on “Small Landscape Day 54

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    You know, I was just having that thought recently. Someone commented that Winter had arrived so suddenly as if it was an on-off switch when, of course, seasonal change is gradual. That set me to thinking about whether I could detect the slipping of spring into summer in the same way that we, for instance, talk about the first signs of spring or the first leaves to sere on the trees.

  2. Elusive Trope

    the liminal space – where one is neither here nor there – has always been fascinating to me.

    And then there is the notion of ecotones, as described by Ann Pendleton-Jullian in Design Education and Innovation Ecotones. I think the same thing can be said of seasons. Your painting I feel capture what she describes in ecosystems:

    “Ecotones are typologically unique ecosystems connecting two distinctly different plant and animal communities and the physical characteristics that support those communities.

    But these zones are more than just zones of transition. They are areas of disturbance, catalyzed by the differences in the two ecosystems, and they are often zones of conflict as well. The word’s etymology derives from a combination of two Greek words: eco(logy) and—tone, from tonos or tension; ecologies in tension. Ecotones are not merely the blending of two habitats and their characteristics, but actually a third thing. “Although ecotones share some characteristics and species with the habitats on either side of them, ecotones also have their own distinct characteristics and species.”

  3. Vickie

    Good morning Claudia I love your ideas of how to use and reuse paper and paint. Your results are outstanding and intriguing. Thanks so much.

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    I’m very interested in how we draw boundaries (or accept boundaries as already drawn by others) in everything, and what happens if we notice them and move them? I am intrigued with the idea of an area of disturbance between two established ones and that it is not one or the other or a mix, but its own separate identity. I am going to have to think about it. Thank you.

  5. Claudia McGill Post author

    Sure, I think you can, I think we are not used to doing it, though, and I wonder why, because winter to spring is always remarked on. We will have to pay attention this year?

  6. Elusive Trope

    the post-structuralist Judith Butler in her book “Bodies that Matter” discusses the boundaries that are constructed in the process of development of the “I”, thus we become defined by not what is inside the boundary, but outside the boundary. Such as what a man might believe constitutes being a man. If there is homophobia, that facet of sexual orientation “haunts” (as Butler would phrase it) the boundary, always maintaining a present threat for an area of disturbance, a threat to sense of “I”.

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