the spaces in between
Created for Interface: The New Victoria Open
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: June 25, 2004 to September 5, 2004
Guest curated by Linda Sawchyn
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|The spaces in between Littleneck clamshells drilled by moonsnails 9' x 5.5'
I’m interested in how my life is connected – and in what ways– to the life of these clams.
How I falter as I try to make the connections – placing them into a category – making them fit a description, a system, a plan (the grid). These are Native littleneck clams, Protothaca staminea. It takes four to six years for them to reach this size – two inches.
They were killed a large predatory snail, Polinices lewisii, (the Lewis Moon Snail), which drilled a hole through their shells. The shells lie scattered on the beaches where I live.
What I come up against is that these are bones - empty shells. What is left behind. An empty space.
What I don’t know, what I can’t control, what remains outside of my knowledge, seems more pregnant with meaning than what I have learned. The spaces in between, the gaps where there is mystery, where I don’t know anything other than this is a full and different life, bring me closer to the reality of a clam’s existence than all my knowledge does. When I use my senses, when I just touch and feel and see, my response is to honour and revere these clams’ lives, and be moved by the simple fact of their being.
Diana Lynn Thompson