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

      Diana Lynn



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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. 

Phylum Mollusca
Class Bivalvia
Order Veneroida
Family Veneridae
Genus Protothaca
Species staminea

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
May 2004
Interface exhibition (Centennial Gallery, AGGV)
Megan Dickie's Touchy Subject
back left: 
Dale Roberts' Lukey's Boat
the spaces in between