This essay explores spaces between— between presence and absence, model and canvas, page and thought. Launching from the cliché that love is blind, the piece reads through Jacques Derrida’s Memoirs of the Blind and its inspirations toward the paintings The Origin of Painting by Jean- Baptiste Regnault (1786) and The Invention of the Art of Drawing by Joseph-Benoit Suvée (1791) to locate spaces in between, spaces of contingency. The essay advocates not rushing through such spaces, but dwelling there—as sites of contemplation. The work engages in conversation with Lectio Divina as articulated by Mesner, Bickel, and Walsh (2015) and follows with some of the author’s poems to attempt to evoke a sense of loss as being-with in such contemplation.
Nellis, Robert Christopher
"Sharing Footprints: Dwelling With/In Loss,"
Artizein: Arts and Teaching Journal: Vol. 3:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/atj/vol3/iss1/6