Statement 2003

The expectancy and rose of the fair state,
The glass of fashion and the mould of form,
The observed of all observers!

If I look at you, observe you and record you, the fact that you are also looking at me is salient to the way I see things.

When we look at a landscape, something similar happens. The cone of vision expands out to encompass a vista and the context is the vista. When we focus on a detail, the cone is reversed, and the broad end containing the context of perception is closest to the observer.

It’s a variation of the tree falling in the forest — a synergy of the subject-object dichotomy.

Scale and detail relate in inverse proportion. Isolation of particulars is in the context of a looking glass. We see some of what we wish but more what is revealed or imposed.