The Aleph

rose 25, photograph

“Vermeer found a life’s work in the corner of a room.”

Irwin Greenberg

There are worlds within worlds.

One of my favorite short stories is The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges – an aleph is a point in space which contains all other points. Anyone who gazes into it can see everything in the universe from every angle simultaneously, without distortion, overlapping or confusion. A concept full of hope and potential.

As an artist you define the scope within which you create your work – it might be your room, your house, your town, country, etc. The physical scale of this boundary does not limit the reach of our exploration. It may feel that way at first, or at some point – you may want to believe that if you could just broaden our range, go to this or that interesting place, your work would jump to the next level.

It’s rarely true.

The solution is not to find a way out, but to find a way in. To enter the aleph.

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4 responses to “The Aleph

  1. I have only recently discovered your blog and I am a enjoying making my way back through previous posts. It is a delight to find your beautiful and inspiring images combined with words that both inspire and set me thinking.

  2. This word is going into my favorite words file! And the picture. . .I think I know how close this subject was. . .but the eye of your lens has brought out the magic of it. . .a mid winter rose.

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