In the online course, Modern Art & Ideas, from the Museum of Modern Art, Week 2 asks us to consider place and space in the creation and interpretation of art; specifically, to:
Oddly, I struggled to think of places that resonated with me on an emotional level that I then wanted to explore and express creatively. (Work and my grandmother's assisted living facility were the top 2 that came to mind, but I had had enough of the really deep/negative spaces for this week.) Considering the request more generally, I realize that place and space have been concepts we have had to consider all the time, as our world necessarily constricts to allow us to flatten the curve in order to help others heal. What I've noticed in these last 6 months, then, is how we collectively try to find novel ways to reach out and "be" with others. The requirement to occupy less space and decrease our contacts has stimulated the craving for more contact and to be seen and heard.
I like to think of the old mirror representing our old, pre-pandemic way of occupying space, and how the shadow breaks out of the box to occupy this new normal - something that still is shapeless and defiantly stands, begging to be defined.
Personal blog for Bryn Robinson, PhD. All opinions are my own.