Since I started my MA I have been collecting words, words that are new to me, from the simple ‘votive’ to the less so ‘solipsistic’. I have chosen not to burden myself with their meaning, I will save that pleasure for when my brain is slightly less addled, suffice to say that my lack of comprehension has not diminished my understanding.
‘Trace’, however, is a different type of word. Like Bachelard and Monty-Perleau it is appearing in my world with a greater frequency than one would expect. I take these prompts to be my unconscious mind at work.
Alexa Cox’s recent work traces figures, Bachelard ‘If the child is unhappy, however, the house bears traces.’ 1 Bachelard (1958) p108 and ‘traces of labyrinthine..’ p57, and others before I realised I should be noting the source.
Thesaurus lists outline, hint, smidgen, find, locate, trail, follow, search for, evidence, residue; other sources offer footprint, a line marking something, a mathematical intersection, an amount of precipitation, in architecture to put tracery on something, a horse strap, a fisherman’s fly-tying thread.
Such a simple word, so many meanings.
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Not only ideas for new work and how to approach the new work, which I am starting to do with my ‘hide and seek’ masking, but also a philosophy for moving my work forward. All from one tiny, everyday word. ‘Happy Days!’ as Jamie would say.
1 Bachelard, G 1958. La Poetique de L’Espace. Presses Universitaires de France. The Poetics of Space. Translation: The Orion Press 1964