Landscape, Memory, and Emotion

We are inseparable from the landscape, it is the arena in which we live out our whole lives, and we can’t survive without it. We often look to landscape for a sense of identity and belonging: a sense of place. Landscape is our link to history, and is layered with memories: evidence of things that have passed.  Memory of landscape could be that of pleasure or of pain, depending upon the events that have played out there. It is like a mirror to our individual and collective memories, or a tapestry that has been woven with symbols, metaphors, and meanings.

To experience a landscape, and to learn to read its pathways and landmarks. Not just to see it, but to interpret it with the mind, is to furnish places with values; with emotions and meanings. I am conscious of this when I draw or photograph a place, and often wonder how many of the things that are felt, as well as seen, are captured in the work. Or indeed, what further memories and meanings, each viewer might also bring with them.

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2 Responses

  1. Bill Wagner

    I always look forward to your latest blog notes as they allow me to Stop and reconnect that “my world” is large than what my two eyes fathom. You have many gifts. Your photographs allow me to use my imagination to see the story within the title or just to settle in the presence of the situation…in relish that. Your sketches and paintings have a different depth which I’m only now beginning to appreciate more and more. Sketching on the “run”..blend the shades and highlight that shrub…. The oils are so subtle but they at times underlie an hidden depth of meaning for me….reactors and rocks with peaceful rendition allow me to settle. I must say that your narratives continue to be charm +++……you have a true gift with words. Carry on Debbie!!…b

    • Hi Bill, It is always a pleasure to read your comments and messages. I can’t thank you enough for your interest in my work and your thoughtful words. I’m so pleased you get something from my pictures, and I’m only just starting to realise the potential of painting myself. To be honest I wouldn’t have a clue what else I would do, so yeah, I’d better carry on. I also just picked up your email and will reply as soon as I can. Thanks again Bill. Debbie 🙂

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