Notes from the Labyrinth

An experiment in non-linear time


by Caroline on July 31, 2013, no comments

“Let’s assume that time is linear and unidirectional, otherwise we would soon be list.” “You mean it isn’t?” said Meg. “Not in my opinion; and thought experiments show this, but by the nature of things not everyone agrees with the premise. I say that time is multi-dimensional and exists in different forms. We’ve opted for […]

Urban Ecosystems

by Caroline on July 29, 2013, no comments

Most of us live in cities and that isn’t about to change. In this article from National Geographic Richard Louv states, “I believe cities can become engines of biodiversity” and goes on to say that that starts with planting natives to encourage a diverse mix of butterflies and birds back into the city. I love […]

Deep Place

by Caroline on July 27, 2013, no comments

But it’s not so much deep space that concerns me as deep place. Once place is lost, you fall into history. Alan Garner, from Boneland

Books and the Landscape

by Caroline on July 26, 2013, one comment

A library of trees, each book a box made from the wood and bark of the tree, containing leaves, flowers and seeds from that tree. A small forest can fit inside a library, a tree can fit on my lap. The original wood library was crafted by Carl Schildbach in 1771-1799, with trees from across […]

Knowing a place

by Caroline on July 25, 2013, no comments

Is it ever possible to completely know a place? After reading Nan Shephard’s The Living Mountain and other accounts of people who lived close to their landscape, Robert MacFarlane concluded not. All these people had been animated at first by the delusion of a comprehensive totality, the belief that they might come to know their […]

Moments of not-so-randomness

by Caroline on July 24, 2013, no comments

The day I posted about Naming Things I opened the Tao Te Ching at random, having spotted it on the shelf in a moment of idleness. It opened at #32 – The Tao is always nameless: The Tao is always nameless… People, unable to deal with It on its own terms Make adjustments, And so […]

The dark side

by Caroline on July 23, 2013, no comments

When someone makes a comment about my work that is true it’s like a bell rings far off, even if I don’t immediately understand. Recently someone observed that a series of photographs I’d taken “seemed to be about darkness”. My whole self reverberated with the bell ringing and it was overwhelming. I had no response […]

Small collages

by Caroline on July 22, 2013, no comments

This week I started making very small collages using 3 by 5 inch file cards as a support. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Personal Geographies

by Caroline on July 21, 2013, no comments

  Our personal geographies are like memory palaces; different places hold different memories and expectations for each of us. Think of a familiar place, be it a landscape or a bar – what memories leap to mind? The more we are in a place the more layers of memory accumulate. Everything we perceive is assigned […]